The Professionals by Otto Künzli

Exhibition  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2024  /  24 Feb 2024  -  09 Mar 2024
Published: 02.02.2024
Galerie Wittenbrink
Bernhard Wittenbrink, Hanna Wittenbrink
Otto Künzli. Brooch: The Professionals VIII, 2023. White gold, stone settings, brick clay, velvet, silver. 4.8 x 5.5 x 3.1 cm. Photo by: Otto Künzli. Otto Künzli
Brooch: The Professionals VIII, 2023
White gold, stone settings, brick clay, velvet, silver
4.8 x 5.5 x 3.1 cm
Photo by: Otto Künzli
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The internationally important goldsmith Otto Künzli has created new series of jewelry in his Munich workshop over the last three years.

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Otto Künzli
The previously unseen works appear fun and strange, it seem grim and comical. They are made of noble and base materials such as fruits and pearls, brick and boxes, gold and jade, velvet fabric and edges of old furniture. What is worked out in form is vague in terms of content. The contradictions serve one purpose: to be open in all directions.

Otto Künzli was born in Zurich in 1948. His work is represented in the most important collections in Amsterdam, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, Tokyo and other author jewellery centres. The artist has received numerous awards. From 1991 to 2014 he taught as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he inspired young jewellery artists who are also successful today. He played a part in Munich developing into a hub of the international jewellery scene.

We are pleased to present Otto Künzli's new works in our main gallery. The exhibition contributes to this year's jewellery exhibitions during the craft fair.

My tenth solo exhibition at the Wittenbrink Gallery in Munich opens under the title “The Professionals”. The photographic work “Augenblick” from 1989, which was shown in the first exhibition in 1991, hangs in the hallway. It reminds me of how long I have been interested in the subject of eyes. All other exhibits, around 40 unique pieces of jewellery, were created in the last five years and have never been shown before due to the pandemic and its effects.
There are some further objects on the subject of the Auge and Quidam (the title of the 2017 exhibition), but now also new groups of works under the titles “The Diverse / The Extraterrestrials”, “Bones”, "The Professionals” and “Round Things”, although of course it’s no longer just about eyes.
The surprises are that you don't whistle them from the rooftops...

/Otto Künzli, January 2024

Exhibition opening: Friday, February 23, 2024, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m
Special opening:  Su 03.03. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m

Special opening hours:
Friday, March 1st, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m
Saturday, March 2nd, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m
Sunday, March 3rd, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m

Regular opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday  11 a.m – 6 p.m