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LithoMania by Hochschule Trier

Exhibition  /  21 Jan 2022  -  03 Apr 2022
Published: 18.01.2022
LithoMania by Hochschule Trier.
Kunstgewerbemuseum
Curator:
Claudia Banz, Theo Smeets
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Intro
LithoMania is a special exhibition of the Design Lab series of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin in cooperation with the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Department of Gemstones and Jewellery. Since 2019, the exhibition series "Design Lab" has invited selected design studios, students and activists to present current projects and to enter into a discourse with the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts.
Museums of decorative arts do have a focus on material, as their collections have been structured and presented according to material and origin since their foundation in the 19th century, partly until today. The exhibition series Design Lab establishes a discourse space for current art and design projects with the exhibits of the Museum of Decorative Arts. Political and critical positions are explicitly invited.

The special exhibition LithoMania is dedicated to the theme of stone - a complex material full of contradictions.
Stone as a material has always triggered fascination and longings. From the sacred sculptures of our ancestors to the easily consumable mass product - the material opens up worlds of ideas and imagination with its unique properties. Its extraction destroys landscapes and is the cause of violent conflicts. On the other hand, stone trade and workmanship has brought people together from the most remote regions of the world for thousands of years and has been an occasion for exchange and innovation.

At its location in Idar-Oberstein, Trier University of Applied Sciences offers a worldwide unique programme of study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Gemstone and Jewellery (BFA) and the Master of Fine Arts in Gemstone and Jewellery (MFA) with a focus on gemstone processing. The degree "Fine Arts" establishes an artistic approach and philosophy in the orientation of the studies. Currently, 56 students from 24 countries are enrolled in Idar-Oberstein.

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Katie Jayne Britchford. Object: Skin Rings, 2016. Pink marble. Photo by: Michael Müller. Katie Jayne Britchford
Object: Skin Rings, 2016
Pink marble
Photo by: Michael Müller
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Felicia Muelbaier. Necklace: Ô, 2019. Lapis lazuli, silver, silk . Photo by: Chen Lin. Felicia Muelbaier
Necklace: Ô, 2019
Lapis lazuli, silver, silk 
Photo by: Chen Lin
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Engraving spindle. Photo: Sophia Kron. .
Engraving spindle. Photo: Sophia Kron.

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Goldsmith's worksop. Photo: Cornelia Wruck..
Goldsmith's worksop. Photo: Cornelia Wruck.

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Stone storage. Photo: Theo Smeets..
Stone storage. Photo: Theo Smeets.

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From The Jauntiness of Absence |Installation| Felicia Mülbaier (MFA 2019), Canstanza Salinas (2nd semester MFA), Luisa Werner (BFA 2021) | various materials | 2021. Photo: Felicia Mülbaier..
From The Jauntiness of Absence |Installation| Felicia Mülbaier (MFA 2019), Canstanza Salinas (2nd semester MFA), Luisa Werner (BFA 2021) | various materials | 2021. Photo: Felicia Mülbaier.

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Stone Radiography | Photo series | Constanza Salinas (2nd semester MFA) | 2021. Photo: Theo Smeets. .
Stone Radiography | Photo series | Constanza Salinas (2nd semester MFA) | 2021. Photo: Theo Smeets.

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View into the exhibition room. Photo: Gina Müller. .
View into the exhibition room. Photo: Gina Müller.

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Oh, thou sparkling… | Installation | Miriam Strake (3rd semester BFA) | Gemstones, various materials | 2021. Photo: Gina Müller. .
Oh, thou sparkling… | Installation | Miriam Strake (3rd semester BFA) | Gemstones, various materials | 2021. Photo: Gina Müller.

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Dogwalk | Installation | Carolin Denter (BFA 2017), Gina Nadine Müller (2nd semester MFA) | Video and jewellery/objects by students and graduates of the Department of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein | 2021. Photo: Cornelia Wruck. .
Dogwalk | Installation | Carolin Denter (BFA 2017), Gina Nadine Müller (2nd semester MFA) | Video and jewellery/objects by students and graduates of the Department of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein | 2021. Photo: Cornelia Wruck.

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Is it real? | Installation | Lisha Wang (4th semester BFA), Ye Wang (3rd semester MFA) | Videos and various materials | 2021. Photo: Cornelia Wruck. .
Is it real? | Installation | Lisha Wang (4th semester BFA), Ye Wang (3rd semester MFA) | Videos and various materials | 2021. Photo: Cornelia Wruck.

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The Regulars‘ Table | From the collection of Kunstgewerbemuseums der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Agate discs | From the collection of Midja Scriba, Idar-Oberstein. Photo: Julia Wild. .
The Regulars‘ Table | From the collection of Kunstgewerbemuseums der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Agate discs | From the collection of Midja Scriba, Idar-Oberstein. Photo: Julia Wild.

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Stones on my Mind I | Installation | Helena Renner (3rd semester BFA) | Steel bust, tailor’s dummy, chasing balls, agate, vulcanite, LED ticker with quotes from the final project by Deborah Rudolph (2010) | 2021. Petrophores | Wearable objects | Peter Vermandere | Polyurethane, stones | 2019. Photo: Cornelia Wruck. .
Stones on my Mind I | Installation | Helena Renner (3rd semester BFA) | Steel bust, tailor’s dummy, chasing balls, agate, vulcanite, LED ticker with quotes from the final project by Deborah Rudolph (2010) | 2021. Petrophores | Wearable objects | Peter Vermandere | Polyurethane, stones | 2019. Photo: Cornelia Wruck.

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