Gésine Hackenberg, born in 1972 in Germany, lives and works as a contemporary jewellery artist in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She was trained as a goldsmith in Germany and studied jewelry design at the former Fachhochschule für Gestaltung Pforzheim in Germany. In 2001 she received her degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and in 2013, a Master of Arts from the MAD-faculty in Hasselt, Belgium. Hackenberg has been a tutor at the PXL-MAD School of Arts from 2011 until 2019.
StatementOne of the main themes in my work is placing ordinary utensils in the perspective of jewellery. Objects of daily use often become loved and indispensable to people. The things you keep and save often have a sentimental value apart from their practical use or monetary value. Moreover, they can be seen as a portrait of their owner. In my work, I explore how these objects relate to the body and the individual. Wearing jewellery is the most intimate and direct form of expressing this specific relationship to an object.
As I like to investigate the boundaries of traditional jewellery, my work interacts with different disciplines and concepts. Traditions linked to objects or jewellery, their history, and the stories about them are a great source of inspiration to me. I like to reinterpret classical genres of art and jewellery history while translating those elements to my own contemporary world. More recently, my jewellery and objects tend to act as metaphors for mental states. Objects of everyday life and domestic materials become means to express and reflect on emotions.
I use different techniques and materials, that are telling their own stories about preciousness and adornment, like ceramics, (precious) metal, Japanese Urushi lacquer, textiles, and glass. These materials usually come from intertwined themes of domesticity, table, and food culture.
Sometimes, I use existing objects as raw material. In a way, I reuse and recycle material. But what’s more, I transform and redirect their message. By manipulating these items, I isolate various layers of meanings and associations, that are immanent to the shape, pattern, and material of an object, in order to take on these values in my work.
>> Video interview Klimt02 in conversation with Gésine Hackenberg
Exhibition 16 Sep 2021 - 20 Nov 2021 Cold Sweat.
Exhibition 17 Nov 2020 - 08 Jan 2021 Two of a Kind.
Exhibition 30 Sep 2020 - 15 Dec 2020 METALLOphone: Museum.
Exhibition 26 Mar 2020 - 19 Apr 2020 Falter Not Fall by Gésine Hackenberg.
Exhibition 12 Mar 2020 - 18 Apr 2020 Stones: The final Cut.
Exhibition 23 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019 Final Parade.
Exhibition 09 Oct 2019 - 08 Nov 2019 Le Stanze del Possibile. Jewellery variations and inspirations on Italo Calvino's "Six memos for the next Millennium".
Exhibition 02 Oct 2019 - 12 Jan 2020 Meeting the Future: International Exhibition for Contemporary Art.
Exhibition 06 Sep 2019 - 27 Oct 2019 Stone.
Exhibition 01 Sep 2019 - 24 Sep 2019 Shining on the Stage. Dutch Spirit.
Exhibition 16 Feb 2019 - 30 Mar 2019 Gioielli in Fermento in Paris: Bijoux en Effervescence.
Exhibition 26 Oct 2018 - 15 Dec 2018 MateriaMetamorphosis.
Meeting 19 Oct 2018 - 06 Jan 2019 TRIPLE PARADE Biennale for Contemporary Jewellery. 4th Edition.
Exhibition 04 Oct 2018 - 07 Oct 2018 Gioielli in Fermento at JOYA Barcelona 2018.
Exhibition 30 Jun 2018 - 03 Aug 2018 Falter Not Fall at Galerie Ra by Gésine Hackenberg.
Exhibition 07 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018 Heroes.
Exhibition 10 Dec 2017 - 15 Feb 2018 Finest Selection X.
Lectures 05 Oct 2017 - 07 Oct 2017 Lectures at JOYA 2017.
Exhibition 04 Oct 2017 - 07 Oct 2017 Gioielli in Fermento 2017 Master Collection at JOYA 2017.
Exhibition 07 May 2017 - 17 May 2017 Gioielli in Fermento 2017 Master Collection.
Exhibition 26 Nov 2016 - 24 Dec 2016 White Christmas in Lisbon.
Exhibition 04 Nov 2016 - 02 Dec 2016 Reproduced Paradise.
Exhibition 15 Oct 2016 - 10 Dec 2016 Ra Now.
Exhibition 05 Oct 2016 - 26 Oct 2016 METALLOphone: Bonds.
Exhibition 03 Sep 2016 - 08 Oct 2016 Around and about by Gésine Hackenberg.
Lectures 26 Feb 2016 - 26 Feb 2016 MAD Talks.
Exhibition 29 Nov 2015 - 28 Feb 2016 Glass Works.
Exhibition 23 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 2016 European Prize for Applied Arts Exhibition 2015.
Exhibition 07 Oct 2015 - 07 Nov 2015 To Recover.
Meeting 06 Sep 2015 - 12 Sep 2015 5th International Zimmerhof Jewellery Project: The missing link.
Exhibition 08 Aug 2015 - 12 Sep 2015 Koru 5 Exhibition.
Exhibition 08 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 Daily Delicious: Feast of Today by Gésine Hackenberg.
Exhibition 28 Nov 2012 - 22 Dec 2012 OP VOORRAAD at Klimt02 Gallery.
Exhibition 20 Sep 2007 - 08 Nov 2007 Pars pro toto: Gésine Hackenberg.
Book: Le Stanze del Possibile. An Exhibition Catalogue. Marobin, Nichka. Hannah Gallery: Barcelona, 2019
Book: New Brooches: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs. Estrada, Nicolas. Promopress: Barcelona, 2018
Book: New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas Estrada. Promopress: United Kingdom, 2016
Book: On Jewellery. A Compendium of international contemporary art jewellery. den Besten, Liesbeth. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2011
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