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Kinetic Jewelry by Anton Cepka

Exhibition  /  13 Mar 2015  -  07 Jun 2015
Published: 01.03.2015
Die Neue Sammlung
Curator:
Petra Hölscher
Management:
Angelika Nollert
Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1993. Silver, lacquer. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich
. On permanent loan from the Danner Foundation, Munich.. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1993
Silver, lacquer
Photo by: A Laurenzo

Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich
On permanent loan from the Danner Foundation, Munich.

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Intro
Jewelry and object artist Anton Cepka, born in the Czechoslovakian, now Slovakian town of Šulekovo in 1936, is one of the most important jewelry artists of the 20th century and a protagonist of the so-called studio jewelry movement after the Second World War. He is now considered the doyen of Slovakian and Czech jewelry designers.
 

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Anton Cepka
Whitened silver, optical glass, stones and modern acrylic glass are Anton Cepka’s preferred materials. Novel spatial concepts, which are relief-like at first and later become almost sculptural, are created in the shape of brooches and pendants. His jewelry and his objects as he himself says “bear all the signs of today. At the same time they express the reflex of today’s over-engineered world.” The elements of movement and light come into play in these pieces unexpectedly, Kinetic art hereby entering jewelry art for the first time in this conceptual way. Technical air flight-like, fragile futuristic forms, and the white color of the whitened silver reflect the current, technological advancement and reference our times. The execution of the objects – the drilling, sawing, filing and cutting of the silver by hand – bears witness to a great craftsmanship that is essential to Cepka’s objects.
Initially a student at the Bratislava School of Arts and Crafts, Anton Cepka graduated under jewelry artist Jan Nušl and sculptor Alena Nováková at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. As early as 1964, he received the Bavarian State Award for his work at Internationale Handwerksmesse (International Crafts Fair) in Munich and on the occasion of the “Schmuckschau”. His final break-through came in 1968 with his participation in the international jewelry symposium in Jablonec nad Nisou. Thanks to his formal vocabulary, which is reminiscent of Constructivist art, he was one of few remained unchallenged by an autocratic state for a long time.

On the occasion of his upcoming 80th birthday, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich is dedicating a comprehensive exhibition to the fascinating work of jewelry artist Anton Cepka for the first time. Thanks to numerous national and international, private and institutional lenders, around 200 jewelry objects by Anton Cepka made between 1963 and 2005 can be seen for the first time.

The exhibition takes place under the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic and is supported by the Slovakian Embassy in Berlin, the Slovakian Consulate General in Munich, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, Danner Stiftung in Munich and Deedie Rose, USA.

Press conference: Friday, March 13 , 2015, 11.00h
With the presence of:
Dr. Angelika Nollert, director & Dr. Petra Hölscher, curator

Opening:
With the presence of:
Marek Madaric, Minister of Culture Slowak Republik, Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, Bavarian State Minister of Education, Science and the Arts, Dr. Angelika Nollert, director Die Neue Sammlung, Dr. Petra Hölscher, senior curator Die Neue Sammlung
 

Guided tour with Mechtild König-Kugler
This guided tour is held in German.
Saturday March 21, 2015, 15:00-16:00h
Limited number of participants.
Admission voucher one hour before tour at the information desk.
 
Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1969. Silver. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
. Donated by Peter Skubic, Gamischdorf.. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1969
Silver
Photo by: A Laurenzo

Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
Donated by Peter Skubic, Gamischdorf.

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Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1969. Silver. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
. Donated by Peter Skubic.. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1969
Silver
Photo by: A Laurenzo

Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
Donated by Peter Skubic.

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Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1970. Silver, lacquer. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
. Donated by Peter Skubic.. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1970
Silver, lacquer
Photo by: A Laurenzo

Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
Donated by Peter Skubic.

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Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1969. Silver. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
. Donated by Peter Skubic.. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1969
Silver
Photo by: A Laurenzo

Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
Donated by Peter Skubic.

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Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1989. Silver, acryl glass. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Part of: Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum. Donated by Peter Skubic, Gamischdorf. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1989
Silver, acryl glass
Photo by: A Laurenzo
Part of: Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum

Donated by Peter Skubic, Gamischdorf

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Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1992. Silver. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
. On permanent loan of the Danner Foundation, Munich.. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1992
Silver
Photo by: A Laurenzo

Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
On permanent loan of the Danner Foundation, Munich.

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Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1989. Silver, plastic. Photo by: A Laurenzo. Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
. Donated by Peter Skubic, Gamischdorf.. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1989
Silver, plastic
Photo by: A Laurenzo

Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
Donated by Peter Skubic, Gamischdorf.

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Anton Cepka
. Photo: Matus Cepka
. Archive Anton Cepka.
Anton Cepka
Photo: Matus Cepka
Archive Anton Cepka

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