Andrea MAXA Halmschlager

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Published: 26.10.2021


Andrea MAXA Halmschlager is an artist based in Vienna, Austria, and Laub, Germany. She was trained at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. During 1993-2008, she was a teacher for sculptural design and metalwork at Schulzentrum Herbststraße, Vienna. Her work can be seen in exhibitions, publications, as well as in public collections in Austria, such as Stadt Wien, Landessammlungen Niederösterreich, MAK, Vienna, and in LACMA, Los Angeles.


Color meets color, pattern encounters pattern, Bordabesques discover the body.

Red rose vines on a black and white background was the start of my love for the border trimmings. I collect old ones from workshops that have long ceased to exist, new ones from China, valuable ones at exorbitant prices, and cheap ones by the kilo. Border trimmings sewn together produce fabrics and new associations. Titles inspired by the textile images such as Rosenrot, Hippie and Gecko shape their future design.

Draped around your body, the "Bordabesques" invite you to play with your positioning, as the 
Jeu à l’or shows. I see the fighter in me when I wear it as a belt around my waist. When I arrange it as a headdress, I feel as though I am in a painting by an old master. 

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Exhibition  28 Feb 2024 - 08 Apr 2024  Jewellery all along the line.
Exhibition  23 Feb 2023 - 02 Jul 2023  Mit Eigensinn, Schmuck aus Österreich. Künstlerinnen im Fokus.
Exhibition  01 Jul 2022 - 27 Aug 2022  Mimesis, BKV Members Jewellery Exhibition.
Exhibition  04 May 2022 - 21 Aug 2022  Under the Surface by Jana Machatová and Peter Machata.
Exhibition  03 Apr 2022 - 25 Sep 2022  A Mind of Their Own.
Exhibition  05 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019  Eligius Jewellery Award nominated finalists 2019.
Exhibition  10 Jun 2016 - 23 Jun 2016  Eligius Schmuckpreis 2016.
Exhibition  27 Nov 2010 - 30 Dec 2010  Christmas Exhibition.

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Catalogue:  Eligius-Schmuck-Preis des Landes Salzburg Salzburg. Land SalzburgSalzburg,  2019
Book:  Beyond Bling. Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection. Lisa Gabrielle MarkLos Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books:  Munich, London, New York,  2016
Catalogue:  Eligius-Schmuck-Preis des Landes Salzburg Salzburg. Land SalzburgSalzburg,  2016
Book:  Jewellery 1970–2015. Bollmann Collection. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2015
Catalogue:  Andrea MAXA Halmschlager Bortabesken Bordabesques. Andrea MAXA Halmschlager:  Vienna,  2013
Catalogue:  Eligius-Schmuck-Preis des Landes Salzburg Salzburg. Land SalzburgSalzburg,  2010
Catalogue:  Gioelli di carta paper jewellery. Mondadori Electa:  2010
Book:  The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers. Darling Publications:  Cologne,  2009
Catalogue:  Eligius Schmuck-Preis Ausstellung des Landes Salzburg. Land SalzburgSalzburg,  2005
Book:  Maker-Wearer-Viewer Contemporary Narrative European Jewellery. Jack CunninghamGlasgow,  2005
Book:  Valuable Links. Royal Netherlands Embassy in Vienna:  Vienna,  2003
Book:  Re-view Aspekte Österreichischer Schmuckkunst. Antonia KühnelVienna,  2003
Book:  Experiment Schmuck – Das Erfurter Schmucksymposium 1984-2002. Landeshauptstadt Erfurt.  2002
Catalogue:  Schmuck 2002. Bayerischer Handwerkstag MünchenMunich,  2002
Catalogue:  Schmuck hier, Schmuck anderswo Verwandtschaft oder Zufall. Carole Guinard,Lausanne,  2001
Catalogue:  Schmuck-Design-Gerät. Sonderschau Congress Innsbruck. Congress Innsbruck:  2001
Catalogue:  Kunst hautnah. Veronika SchwarzingerKünstlerhaus Wien:  Vienna,  2000
Catalogue:  Erfurter Schmucksymposium. Projektgruppe Erfurter Schmucksymposium.  1998
Book:  Dictionnaire International du Bijou. de Cerval, MargueriteÉditions du Regard:  Paris,  1998
Catalogue:  Schmuck aus Österreich. Berufsvereinigung Bildender Künstler:  Berchtold Villa, Salzburg,  1997
Catalogue:  Schmuck 1996. Bayerischer Handwerkstag MünchenMunich,  1996
Catalogue:  Galerie NØ 1986-1995. Guinard/Crissier.  1995
Book:  Formanek, Verena: Andrea Halmschlager Arbeiten 1993-1994. Andrea HalmschlagerVienna,  1994
Catalogue:  Ausstrahlungen – Schmuck 1936-1991. NÖ-Gesellschaft.  1992
Book:  Wiener Schmuck Tendenzen 1936-1991. Verfena FormanekEdition Tusch:  Vienna,  1991
Catalogue:  Schmuck im Plural. V&V&V ViennaVienna,  1991
Book:  Kunst: Anspruch und Gegenstand. Von der Kunstgewerbeschule zur Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wien, 1918-1991. ResidenzverlagSalzburg,  1991
Catalogue:  Triennale du bijou. Jean-Yves, Le MignotParis,  1990
Catalogue:  Schmuckszene 88.. Bayerischer Handwerkstag MünchenMunich,  1988
Book:  Joieria Europea Contemporània. Fundació Caixa de PensionsBarcelona,  1987
Catalogue:  Europalia 87. Piet JaspaertBrussels,  1987