Play Jewellery - wearing, making, thinking

Meeting  /  10 Oct 2015  -  27 Nov 2015
Published: 23.10.2015
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Susan Pietzsch, Makiko Akiyama

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Schmuck2 has organised a satellite program to support a deeper understanding of contemporary jewellery within Japan as part of Otto Künzli exhibit held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum from October 10th to December 27th.
Play Jewellery – wearing, making, thinking.
Contemporary jewellery is a minor genre within the fine and applied arts that developed by leaps and bounds in the early 80s. Today, the scene is anchored in a global network where it has grown into a vibrant movement dealing with the subject of jewellery. The movement began in Europe and has spread to a worldwide dialogue. Each country approaches the subject differently based on the concerns of its culture and society. Last spring Japanese jewellery artists Mikiko Minewaki and Kimiaki Kageyama received the internationally renowned Herbert Hofmann prize in Munich, Germany.
Even so, the Japanese scene lacks an understanding of jewellery as an artistic media worthy of dialogue, critique and sometimes even praise. They are yet to move beyond craft and fashion, and Otto Kunzli’s exhibition is an important step forward.
This program will promote the exhibition while offering a fresh viewpoint through workshops, guest speakers, seminars and displays of the diverse styles of art jewellery within Japan. 

Program organized by Schmuck2 and Makiko Akiyama in cooperation with method inc.:

Download the Program as Pdf here
See the Map of the Venues here / Design of the Map: The Simple Society

Mobile Gallery by Akihiro Ikeyama
Time/date: November 8 - December 6
The Mobile Gallery will be on tour every Wednesday and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Venue: TTM and streets of Tokyo (B)
Please follow the route marked on the map
When the mobile gallery is not on tour it is on public display at TTM.
With the Mobile Gallery Akihiro Ikeyama proposes a flexible exhibition—one that travels on the back of a bicycle—as a metaphor for the nature of jewellery and how it accompanies us in our everyday lives. The Mobile Gallery will pass through the streets of Meguro, Ebisu and Shibuya to display jewellery works by Akihiro Ikeyama, Jun Konishi, Saika Matsuda, Ryuichiro Nakamura and Maki Kawawa. Follow its route marked on the map.
All artists graduated from the Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College in Tokyo and except for Maki Kawawa completed their studies with Otto Künzli at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts.
Jewellery Library
Time/date: November 3 - December 27 / 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Venue: NADiff a/p/a/r/t (G)
What is jewellery capable of? What meaning does it hide? Enjoy a lineup of books that help you reflect on this topic as curated by Makiko Akiyama, a translator and writer focused on art jewellery.
Jewellery Hunting
Time/date: October 10 - December 27
Venue: (J)
Berlin-based jewellery artist Naoko Ogawa graduated from the metalwork master class at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She has since developed her own brand, Drawing Line, and continues to find new artistic expressions for jewellery.

Her project Jewellery Hunting is based on the concept of beauty that exists only in the imagination of the individual. The artist wants us to find new value in jewellery by visually experiencing what it means to own jewellery.
Please join the project or follow on Instragram

Play Jewellery - "Wear Architecture"
Thinking about jewellery through architecture
Schmuck2 kicks off their new project that considers the relationship between jewellery art and architecture.
Time/date: November 8 / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Venue: (PLACE) by method (E)

Panel Discussion/ Open Debate moderated by Ryuji Nakamura (Architect)

A panel of four architects, Jo Nagasaka, Yuko Nagayama, Ryuji Nakamura and Hideyuki Nakayama introduce recent developments in contemporary jewellery and discuss topics that show a possible relation between art jewellery and architecture.
What parallels and differences are there between art jewellery and architecture?
What kind of interplay and interaction can be developed between them?
How can one conceive a new standard for or broaden the definition of architecture and jewellery?
Time/date: November 15 / 11 a.m.
Venue: (PLACE) by method 
Participants: Dr. Anne Schloen/ German curator and author, Ryuji Nakamura/Architect
The participants will discuss crossing the line between art and architecture based on their professional experience.
Dr. Anne Schloen, a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster, is focused on the border between the two disciplines. She co-organized the exhibition, (im)possible! Artists as Architects, at the Museum Marta Herford (Germany).

Time/date: December 12 - January 30 / 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Opening: December 11 / 7 p.m - 9 p.m.
Closed: December 26 - January 3
Venue: (PLACE) by method
Exhibition of two architects from the panel discussion
Yuko Nagayama and Ryuji Nakamura focus on the interface between the private and public spheres and the interplay between jewellery and architecture to highlight commonalities. Yuko Nagayama has drawn attention for being a woman architect and is in high demand in Japan and abroad. Ryuji Nakamura is known for designing exhibition spaces and museum instillations.
Ceci n’est pas un bijou - “Jewellery as material and metaphor in contemporary fine arts”
Time/date: November 12 / 6 p.m.
Venue: Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery (A)
Lecturer: Dr. Anne Schloen, German art historian
Since the 20th century artists have used jewellery and other forms of self-decoration as materials or the subject of their art. Why are artists interested in the phenomena of jewellery and humanity’s desire for self-adornment? How do artists deal with the context, value and social significance of jewellery? The lecture, “Ceci n’est pas un bijou,” addresses these and other questions based on works by Andy Warhol, César, Joseph Beuys, Tobias Rehberger and others.

Scale Relationally
Time/date: November 12 / 5 p.m - 8 p.m.
Venue: Hiko Mizuno College courtyard (A)
The Scale of Relationality uses graphic illustrations and text to articulate multilayered sets of jewellery actions within the frame of everyday experiences.
Its four precepts involve the transformation from one state to another.
WEARING: Choosing when to wear, from never to always.
ATTACHMENT: Wanting, from acquisition to disposal.
OWNERSHIP: Connecting, from me/individual to us/the collective.
MAKING: Participation, from receiving to customization to co-production.
The Scale of Relationality was developed by curators Mònica Gaspar and Damian Skinner in collaboration with designer Marti Guixé.
Children’s workshop
Time/date: October 31 / 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Venue: Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry (A)
Cost: 1000 JPY
Target age: 6-12
Children enjoy to adorn themselves and do so freely, detached from clichés.
Color, glimmer and glaze serve an important role in discovering one’s own beauty and identity. In this workshop Maki Kawawa will guide children to capture the world of jewellery with simple handicraft techniques.
(Parents are welcome to support their children during the workshop.)
Please send applications to:
Flux Window exhibition by Yusuke Ishikawa
Time/date: December 25 - January 9
(Window exhibit only. Gallery space open from January 7 - 9 / 11 a.m. - 15:30 p.m.)
Venue: Hole in the Wall - Window Gallery (A)
Yusuke Ishikawa sees beyond the beauty of contemporary art pieces to explore deeper aspects, such as its historical background. He graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Art & Music in 2002 and now participates in solo and group shows. This exhibition features two and three-dimensional installation work.

For further information about the Program please visit the Schmuck2 Website

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Japanese Stones
Time/date: 1st of October 1 - November 1 / 11 a.m. - 19 p.m. (Closed Wednesday)
Venue: Center for Cosmic Wonder (F)
The Centre for Cosmic Wonder was conceived by Yukinori Maeda in 1997 as an intriguing brand that explores light and universal love through a self-reflexive dialogue between art, fashion and publishing. The stones and crystals in this exhibit were excavated from all across Japan, including Yamanashi, Shiga and Oita, and were selected for their sense of wabisabi.
When wearing these stones derived from nature eternal one can almost hear the sound of mountains, rivers and the entire world. Cosmic Wonder explores adornment as an ancient human tradition with this jewellery made of stones and natural hemp.
Kirayurina solo Exhibition - Objewelry
Time/date: October 9 - October 18 / 12 p.m. - 8 p.m
Venue: Gallery deux poission (D)
Kira Yurina produces artistic wall displays in addition to jewellery. Italian architecture inspired her to create wooden wall pieces when she was studying paintings in Milan. Later inspired by the majestic nature of the Swiss Alps, she explored the themes “one piece” and “cosmos” to gradually shift to smaller artwork. The three-dimensional pieces made of acrylic and wood in her exhibit change their appearance depending on the viewing angle.
The Big Five
Time/date: October 23 - November 12 / 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Venue: Gallery Deux Poisson (D)
Many influential jewellers studied under Otto Kunzli, a great master of contemporary jewellery. Otto himself selected five emerging artists from his numerous students to display their works alongside his own.
Artists include: Alexander Blank, Akihiro Ikeyama, Melanie Isverding, Jungwon Jun and Florian Weichsberger.
Etsuko Sonobe Solo Exhibition - "Hibi"
Time/date: November 20 - December 6 / 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Venue: Gallery Deux Poisson (D)
"Jewellery not as adornment, not as a strong statement, not as something special, but as something that stays with you always.” International contemporary jewellery designer Etsuko Sonobe is known for her geometric brooches and necklaces as well as pieces that use natural stones of various colors. This gallery is the sixth instalment of Sonobe’s elegant and experimental jewellery.
Workshop Exhibitions
Time/date: November 17 - November 28 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (High jewellery course)
Time/date: December 2 - December 12 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Advanced jewellery course)
Time/date: December 15 - December 22 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Silver accessory and craft course)
Venue: Hole in the Wall (A)
Inspirations Spring/Summer 2016
Time/date: October 6 - 13 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Hole in the Wall (A)
Special exhibition by Swarovski Japan.
3 Brooches with Color a display of three brooches for each color.
Time/date: October 15 - October 24 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Hole in the Wall (A)
Paralell an exhibition of jewellery from Mari Ishikawa's workshop.
Time/date: October 15 - October 25 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Venue: Hole in the Wall (A)
In this workshop a pair of students exchanged keepsakes to create jewellery for each other. This exhibit presents the world revealed when you interact with others.
Yasuyo Hida Exhibition - Emotion in Monochrome
Time/date: October 27 - November 7 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Hole in the Wall (A)
Solo exhibition of contemporary jewellery artist Yasuyo Hida who works with unexpected materials. Her jewellery looks like something out of another time and space. It appears all the more mysterious when worn.

Pop Up Shop - Instore
Time/date: November 11 - November 14 / 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Hole in the Wall (A)
Pop up shop curated by institute students.

Niessing x Kohei Nawa - Comulu
Time/date: October 22 - November 23 / 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Niessing (C)
Niessing, a brand that combines craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, has selected contemporary artist Kohei Nawa to use jewellery as a “material of the imagination.” The resulting installation, “Comulus,” is on display at Niessing Tokyo. The combination of cloud-like free forms and jewellery creates dynamic scenery. Original rings designed by Nara and produced by Niessing will also be shown.

Time/date: November 18 - December 12 / 12 p.m. - 9 p.m
Yoshishie Watanabe, a clothing designer for CACUMA and other brands, launched design studio KIGI with jewellery artist Etsuko Sonobe and Ryosuke Uehara to apply their unique vision to graphics, textiles and products for D-BROS and others. This exhibit displays their jewellery, drawings and words.
New Jewelry 2015
Time/date: December 4 - 6
Venue: Arts Chiyoda 3331 (H)
This exhibit introduces new and creative jewellery from across all genres and categories. The display includes an expansive selection of popular and emerging brands of jewellery and accessories. The venue is an opportunity for creators to meet their customers.
Platinum Art - Niessing and three Artists
Time/date: December 16 - 25 / 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Isetan (M)
Three artists explore the possibilities of platinum through architecture, photography and contemporary art. Artists include Hidayuki Nakayama, an emerging independent architect with experience at the Toyoo Ito architecture office, Kohei Nawa, a sculptor who explores means of expression based on the unique concept of “PixCell=Pixel+Cell,” and Hideki Hamada, an international photographer for advertisements and magazines such as “Kinfolk” (USA).
New Jewellery - Up and Coming
Time/date: October 21 -27 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Isetan 7F banquet hall (M)
This special event features 60 new and emerging brands selected from New Jewelry, a convention where the public gets their first look at new and creative jewellery.