Exhibition / 23 Jun 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
Eva Maisch Schmuck
Secret gardens are places of longing that have inspired artists in every epoch. The motif of the garden lends wings to our imagination, awakens our yearnings, and transports us out of everyday life into dreamy spheres. This motif recurs in countless fairytales and legends, in poems and stories, on textiles and in pictures - and in the contemporary applied arts.
Artist listMelanie Nützel, Milan Pekař, Nikolay Sardamov, Roos Soetekouw
Jewelry by Melanie Nützel and Nikolay Sardamov, textile art by Roos Soetekouw, and containers by Milan Pekař.
With her Secret Gardens exhibition, Eva Maisch reaffirms her sensitivity for imaginative thematic exhibits. Each show highlights different aspects and techniques of contemporary crafts and design. Visitors can encounter works by renowned artists and designers and can also find creations by international greats whose work is less well known here in Germany.
This time, for example, there’s the Czech artist Milan Pekař and his mostly monochrome porcelain containers, which have diverse crystalline glazes that he develops through laborious experimentation. Born in 1980, this ceramist has taught since 2011 at the institute for ceramics and porcelain at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. The wonderful textile artworks by Roos Soetekouw from Amsterdam are likewise little known in Germany. This Dutch designer mixes traditional and modern techniques, while always taking pains to preserve the original character of the textiles. Soetekouw sketches and paints to create her designs, but she also uses computer programs. And although she combines widely diverse materials, her goal is always to give visible form to a story that often goes far beyond the theme of the garden.
Narratives that can be visually experienced in the artworks also apply to Melanie Nützel and Nikolay Sardamov. This Bulgarian jewelry artist has been interested in the green element in urban environments ever since his “Garden City” project in 2015. As in Baroque gardens, Sardamov subjects motifs borrowed from nature to a rigorous human design and creates new abstract realities. Beetles, for example, form part of a series and become fantastic ornaments. Nature is always present as a source of inspiration and as a motif for Melanie Nützel. But this jewelry artist, who won the Grassi Prize in 2016, recently confided to us that her “Beetle” and “Moth” are probably more likely thematic alibis for her tentative progress in the handling of diverse materials and shapes.
For Melanie Nützel, as well as for Roos Soetekouw, Milan Pekař and Nikolay Sardamov, a first glance at their artworks is impressive, but certain mysteries still remain hidden - just as in a beautiful garden.
OpeningThe four artists will be present at the exhibit’s opening from 4 pm to 9 pm on Friday, June 23, 2017
and again from 10 am. to 6 pm on Saturday, June 24.
East Meets West. Exquisite Treasures from the Aga Khan Collection05May2018 - 06Jan2019
Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Indirect communication by Roberts Kolcovs15Dec2017 - 29Dec2017
Putti Art Gallery
Tis the Golden Season15Dec2017 - 14Jan2018
Santa Fe, United States
Only Chairs? Children’s Chairs From Sammlung Neuwald07Dec2017 - 04Feb2018
Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum
Heartbeats in Winter Mittens01Dec2017 - 28Feb2018
Putti Art Gallery
Ambiguous Implements27Nov2017 - 15Dec2017
Vittoria Street Gallery
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Red by Georg Dobler25Nov2017 - 23Dec2017
Pearls Upside Down25Nov2017 - 10Jan2018
Magic by Thanh-Truc Nguyen25Nov2017 - 23Dec2017
Some Like it Hot24Nov2017 - 15Dec2017
London, United Kingdom
White Christmas18Nov2017 - 24Dec2017
Fire House Sky Table Flower by Marc Monzó18Nov2017 - 04Mar2018
Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch
100% New18Nov2017 - 08Dec2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
Between Two Spaces17Nov2017 - 27Nov2017
Putti Art Gallery
Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.17Nov2017 - 28May2018
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States