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Peter Bauhuis: Simultanea

Exhibition  /  26 Feb 2012  -  19 Jun 2012
Published: 10.03.2012
The Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus
Peter Bauhuis. Brooch: Outis, 2010. Gold. Photo: Peter Bauhuis. Peter Bauhuis
Brooch: Outis, 2010
Gold
Photo: Peter Bauhuis
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(...) Bauhuis accommodates for the material and celebrates its expressive quality. Simultaneously, he challenges the gesture of jewelry and the usual perceptions with subtle humor (...)

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Peter Bauhuis
With around 80 works from the years 1996 through 2011, the Exhibition Peter Bauhuis – Simultanea in the Silver Hall of the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus presents the entire scope of artistic creation by Peter Bauhuis, who has been named among the top echelon of jewelry, hollow- and flatware artists for many years already.

With overflowing delight in the alchemistic experiment, he is especially interested in the unexpected in his work. For his bowl- and vase-shaped vessels, he prefers to combine precious and non-precious metals such as copper together with silver. The casting result is not predictable, so that every cast becomes an artistic and individual act of creation. In the play of oxidation on gold, silver, and copper, this Munich goldsmith and object artist obtains unexpected colors ranging from matte white and pale yellow-green to deep orange and dark red that appear to mix. In this manner, an effect of lightness is achieved that seems to defy the metal and its materiality. One asks in disbelief whether it is really metal. The lost-wax technique opens up an endless variety of possibilities for reinventing what seem to be the simplest of forms. Bauhuis’s interest in the lost-wax technique and changing states can be seen in numerous projects and actions, of which the melting of a chocolate Easter bunny on a copy machine is surely one of the most humorous.

Born in 1965, Peter Bauhuis grew up in Friedrichshafen on the Lake of Constance as the son of a watchmaker. His grandfather, who built boats in his spare time with a meticulous love of detail, awakened in Bauhuis a delight in creation. Already as a school-boy, he noted his observations in self-made books that he illustrated with drawings. Following his training at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie in Hanau (1986-1990), he worked for two years as a jeweler and then studied from 1993 to 1999 at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich majoring in jewelry, hollow- and flatware. In 1998, he was accepted into the master class under Prof. Otto Künzli. Since his graduation in 2000, his works have been included in numerous group and one-man exhibitions in Germany and abroad and have received several prizes and honors, such as the Friedrich-Becker-Prize in 2005 and the Bavarian State Prize in 2011. Peter Bauhuis lives in Munich.

Bauhuis’s jewelry works are generally cast in precious gold, and are oriented on morphologic, easy to recognize forms such as hearts and egg-formed objects. In these, the surface textures have a special value. The extremely fine casting channels for his jewelry pieces remain like life-giving arteries on the reverse side. The surfaces of the cast finger rings are also not highly polished. In this manner, Bauhuis accommodates for the material and celebrates its expressive quality. Simultaneously, he challenges the gesture of jewelry and the usual perceptions with subtle humor.'

In addition, an impressive range of publications and drawings by Peter Bauhuis attest to his exceptional creativity that is often provided with a fine irony.
Peter Bauhuis. Brooch: Outis, 2010. Silver. Photo: Peter Bauhuis. Peter Bauhuis
Brooch: Outis, 2010
Silver
Photo: Peter Bauhuis
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Peter Bauhuis. Brooch: Outis, 2010. Copper. Photo: Peter Bauhuis. Peter Bauhuis
Brooch: Outis, 2010
Copper
Photo: Peter Bauhuis
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Peter Bauhuis. Brooch: Outis, 2010. Silver. Photo: Peter Bauhuis. Peter Bauhuis
Brooch: Outis, 2010
Silver
Photo: Peter Bauhuis
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Peter Bauhuis. Object: Outis, 2010. Silver. Photo: Peter Bauhuis. Peter Bauhuis
Object: Outis, 2010
Silver
Photo: Peter Bauhuis
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Peter Bauhuis. Ring: Outis, 2010. Silver. Peter Bauhuis
Ring: Outis, 2010
Silver
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Peter Bauhuis. Object: Outis, 2010. Silver 925, fine silver. Photo: Philipp Mansmann. Peter Bauhuis
Object: Outis, 2010
Silver 925, fine silver
Photo: Philipp Mansmann
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