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The Jewellery Week of Munich Faces Big Challenges. Europe's Top Jewellery Event Seeks to Stay Independent

 
Published: 08.07.2019
Loukia Richards, The Jeweller’s Hell, 2018 (detail). A Map of the adventures a young talented jewellery artist faces on the way to the top.
. Photo by: Christoph Ziegler. .
Loukia Richards, The Jeweller’s Hell, 2018 (detail). A Map of the adventures a young talented jewellery artist faces on the way to the top.
Photo by: Christoph Ziegler.

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Intro
While Germany's vice chancellor claims the "fat years are over," Munich's jewellery scene wonders if this year's slowdown should be attributed to temporary consumer fears or reflects an imminent market problem that needs to be addressed. Loukia Richards, an artist, curator, and lecturer has co-curated five group shows during Schmuckwoche München (2015–2019). The last one, The Sacred & The Profane, was funded by the city of Munich. She reports on the 2019 Jewellery Week of Munich and offers potential improvements.