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Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Exhibition in Antwerp

Exhibition  /  24 Jan 2020  -  19 Apr 2020
Published: 06.12.2019
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Intro
DIVA is hosting the 19th Silver Triennial, which runs from January 24th to April 19th 2020. This three-yearly international competition for contemporary silver is organized by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (Association for Goldsmiths’ Art) and Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (German Goldsmiths’ House). No fewer than 123 artists from 19 countries are taking part in the 19th edition, including two from Belgium.
The Silver Triennial is the most important international competition for silversmiths, showcasing the best of what contemporary silver has to offer. As well as displaying the winning objects, DIVA will be showing who the designers are and which techniques were used. From 3D prints to silver fold-forming, this exhibition introduces the latest innovations in silversmithing.
/ Eva Olde Monnikhof, director of DIVA

The Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (German Goldsmiths’ House), which was founded in 1932, has organized the contemporary silver competition since 1965. What began as a local exhibition about silver has developed into a prestigious international competition. Belgium is represented in this edition by David Huycke (°1967) and Helena Schepens (°1981). DIVA’s permanent display also contains examples of their work.

From Sterckshof Silver Museum to DIVA
Sterckshof Silver Museum hosted the Silver Triennial several times (12th, 15th and 16th editions). From a historical perspective, the Silver Museum played an active role on the contemporary silver scene both within Belgium and beyond. After the closure of the Silver Museum in 2014, the 18th edition was held at Antwerp’s Umicore Silver Pavilion. With the 19th edition of the Silver Triennial DIVA is looking to strengthen its already close ties with the contemporary silver sector. 

The winners
The jury is awarding the first prize, also known as the Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Prize, to Juliane Schölß (°1977), who won them over with a group of metal cups in different colours and formats. Second prize, the Robbe-Berking Prize, went to Sungho Cho (°1975) for dishes made from very thin sheets of silver, decorated with various patterns. The third prize or Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Silver Prize was awarded to the group of vases entitled Das Paar and Drei Schwestern made by Sarah Cossham (°1979).

A silver world
Interior architects Leo Aerts and Philippe Swartenbroux are responsible for the exhibition set. Leo Aerts is also a designer and took part in the 12th Silver Triennial. His work is also included in DIVA’s collection. 
Seven round dinner tables will provide the setting for the silver exhibits and make a light-hearted connection with silver tableware. DIVA is challenging visitors to reflect on their own use of silver objects. Craftsmanship and an appreciation of contemporary silver take centre stage.   

Press preview
Alderman for Culture Nabilla Ait Daoud will welcome the press at the preview on Thursday January 23rd. If you would like to attend, please contact Suzanne de Lange.
When: Thursday January 23rd 2020,10 – 12.00 hrs. 

Practical information
When: Friday January 24th - Sunday April 19th 2020.
Opening times: Mondays to Sundays, 10 – 18.00 hrs, closed on Wednesdays.
Tickets: standard rate €12 per person. Tickets on sale in the webshop of DIVA.
Juliane Schölß. Piece: Tray with 8 containers, 2017. Containers: 925/000 silver, partly gilded, partly blackened. Tray: stainless steel, colored.. Photo by: Eva Jünger. Awarded at: Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Award. Published at: Silver Triennial International 2019. Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Award.. Juliane Schölß
Piece: Tray with 8 containers, 2017
Containers: 925/000 silver, partly gilded, partly blackened. Tray: stainless steel, colored.
Photo by: Eva Jünger
Awarded at: Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Award
Published at: Silver Triennial International 2019
Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Award.

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Sungho Cho. Bowl: Untitled, 2019. 925/000 silver.. Photo by: Kwangchoon Park. Awarded at: Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Award. Robbe & Berking Award.. Sungho Cho
Bowl: Untitled, 2019
925/000 silver.
Photo by: Kwangchoon Park
Awarded at: Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Award
Robbe & Berking Award.

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Sarah Cossham. Vase: Three Sisters, 2019. Silver, bronze, brass, blue sapphire.. Photo by: Mirei Takeuchi. Awarded at: Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Award. Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Silver Award.. Sarah Cossham
Vase: Three Sisters, 2019
Silver, bronze, brass, blue sapphire.
Photo by: Mirei Takeuchi
Awarded at: Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Award
Ebbe Weiss-Weingart Silver Award.

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Andreas Decker. Bowl: Butter Bird, 2019. Fine silver, color glass.. Photo by: Andreas Decker. Andreas Decker
Bowl: Butter Bird, 2019
Fine silver, color glass.
Photo by: Andreas Decker
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Paul Derrez. Piece: Hamburger Boxes, 2019. Fine silver, silicone.. A set of can.. Photo by: Rob Bohle. Paul Derrez
Piece: Hamburger Boxes, 2019
Fine silver, silicone.
A set of can.

Photo by: Rob Bohle
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David Huycke. Object: Dark Moon, 2019. 925/000 silver, fine silver, patinated.. Photo by: David Huycke. Published at: Silver Triennial International 2019. David Huycke
Object: Dark Moon, 2019
925/000 silver, fine silver, patinated.
Photo by: David Huycke
Published at: Silver Triennial International 2019
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Takuya Kamiyama. Vase: Sea Urchin III, 2019. 958/000 silver.. Photo by: Simon B. Armitt. Takuya Kamiyama
Vase: Sea Urchin III, 2019
958/000 silver.
Photo by: Simon B. Armitt
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Wilfried Moll. Piece: Spherical Shape Teapot, 2018. 925/000 sterling silver, buffalo horn.. Photo by: Andreas Decker. Wilfried Moll
Piece: Spherical Shape Teapot, 2018
925/000 sterling silver, buffalo horn.
Photo by: Andreas Decker
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Tim Neumann. Vase: Untitled, 2019. Silver-plated brass.. Photo by: Tim Neumann, Andreas Decker. Tim Neumann
Vase: Untitled, 2019
Silver-plated brass.
Photo by: Tim Neumann, Andreas Decker
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Anna Vlahos. Vase: Leky Vessels, 2018. Sterling silver.. Photo by: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos. Anna Vlahos
Vase: Leky Vessels, 2018
Sterling silver.
Photo by: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos
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Ji Young Kim. Object: Back of the Moon 47, 2019. Silver, 18k gold plated, kinetic element, optical effected.. 27 x 28.5 x 10 cm. Water jug.. Ji Young Kim
Object: Back of the Moon 47, 2019
Silver, 18k gold plated, kinetic element, optical effected.
27 x 28.5 x 10 cm
Water jug.

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