Michael Berger

Published: 29.01.2021


Michael Berger lives and works in Düsseldorf. He began his training in 1987, worked as an assistant to Prof. Friedrich Becker in the 1990s, and has been running his own workshop since 1999. Like his mentor, he has dedicated his work to kinetics.
Kinetics - defined in physics as the dynamics of bodies that are accelerated by forces - is the driving force that makes Berger's pieces so fascinating. It creates the opportunity to interact with the pieces and awakens the instinct to play through a tiny wonderland of physics.

Flower Power series
This group of works starting 2018 is a further development of my kinetic jewelry, in which I experiment with dichroic glasses. The momentum, provided by the wearer through his own movements impulses the rotation of the glass panels, which effectively sets the scene for light refraction, reflection, and the color change effect. A double interplay arises: between the lattice structure and the reflective glass surfaces on the one hand and the piece and the viewer on the other.

Goethe series
These kinetic rings belong to a series of Goethe related pieces made for annual exhibitions of a Düsseldorf based jeweler group called düsselGOLD, founded in 2007. For many years the Goethe Museum Düsseldorf is hosting this exhibition of contemporary jewellery from a group of around 20 makers. The group shows work from their collections and at least one piece specially made for this event to the, annually changing, Goethe related theme.

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Exhibition  27 Nov 2020 - 16 Jan 2021  Christmas Exhibition.
Exhibition  02 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014  The Art of The Ring.
Exhibition  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Award  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award 2014.
Exhibition  07 Dec 2013 - 31 Jan 2014  Objects of Status, Power & Adornment Part II.
Exhibition  04 Jul 2013 - 18 Aug 2013  Sex, Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll…Vices or Lifestyle?.
Exhibition  01 Mar 2013 - 14 Apr 2013  FERROUS: Jewelry in a New Iron Age.
Fair  11 Oct 2012 - 13 Oct 2012  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2012.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2012 - 12 Oct 2012  Sex, Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll…Vices or Lifestyle?.
Exhibition  13 Jan 2012 - 03 Mar 2012  Target the Heart.
Exhibition  29 Nov 2008 - 29 Nov 2008  Joyas à la Carte 08.

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Book:  New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World by Nicolas Estrada. Estrada, NicolasThames & Hudson:  United Kingdom,  2011