Hermann Jünger

Published: 17.11.2023
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German jewellery designer Hermann Jünger (1928–2005) is one of the most important and most influential 20th-century jewellery designers. He was one of the pioneers who granted jewellery a whole new status. He studied at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau, and was Professor of Goldsmithing at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich.


A piece of brick or scrap of rusted metal or plastic has no less value or standing than some expensively worked artifact made of the most costly materials – provided of course that each possesses the power and expressiveness of a fully accomplished form x Found treasures and jewelry pieces united – connections, parallels, correspondences: one thing referring to the other.

Jünger’s work starts with his watercolours and line drawings, which are already very good. The drawings are used to find new ideas and capture a sense of spontaneity that would be hard to get if all of the experimentation was done by making the jewellery. Junger’s growth owes little to other jewellers and a lot to a German painter named Julius Bissier. Bissier’s fluid, almost oriental compositions showed how Junger wanted his own work to make people feel and think.

His work is expressive because of two aspects of Bauhaus design: the tendency to keep things simple and adding a freer, sometimes more playful element. Paul Klee is a hidden guide. Junger makes art out of gold and other precious materials. He uses shapes that are almost religious and reminds us of the ornaments used by pre-Christian and pre-classical cultures.

Events      View / hide events

Exhibition  22 Jan 2022 - 12 Mar 2022  Rings ! at Houston.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2021 - 17 Jul 2021  Rings !.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2019 - 05 Nov 2019  MasterMakers.
Exhibition  10 Mar 2018 - 03 Jun 2018  Jablonec 68. First International Silver Smithing Symposium.
Exhibition  10 Mar 2017 - 07 May 2017  Private Confessions. The Drawings of Jewellery Artists.
Exhibition  23 Jan 2017 - 07 May 2017  Hermann Jünger 1928-2005. Jewelry & Found Pieces. A retrospective.
Exhibition  10 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  In honour of Hermann Jünger.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  JABLONEC 68. The First Summit of Jewelry Artists from East and West. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2018
Book:  Hermann Jünger, Schmuck nach 1945. Junger, HermannDas Nationalmuseum:  Nümberg,  2014
Book:  Found Treasures: Hermann Jünger and the Art of Jewelry. Hufnagl, FlorianThames & Hudson:  London,  2003