BioOtto Künzli is one of the most renowned and respected jewellers working today. The Swiss-trained, Munich-based artist has created truly iconic examples of contemporary jewellery including 1995’s 1cm of Love and 1980’s Gold Macht Blind (Gold Makes You Blind). Künzli’s minimalist, yet meticulously crafted work references cultural phenomena, utilising the power of metaphor and iconography with wit and sophistication. In addition to his highly respected artistic practice, Künzli has an accomplished academic career spanning over twenty years. As director of the Jewellery department at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich from 1991 to 2014, he taught a number of prominent contemporary jewellers including Lisa Walker, Karl Fritsch and Helen Britton. In March 2013 his major retrospective titled The Exhibition showcased his extensive ouerve and was accompanied by The Book, a comprehensive catalogue documenting a career spanning over 40 years.
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Exhibition 08 Mar 2023 - 12 Mar 2023 Galerie Rosemarie Jäger at Frame 2023.
Exhibition 06 Jul 2022 - 10 Jul 2022 Galerie Rosemarie Jäger at Frame 2022.
Exhibition 15 Apr 2022 - 28 May 2022 West Meet East.
Exhibition 18 Nov 2021 - 28 Feb 2022 Beyond Jewelry. Photographic exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry in public spaces.
Exhibition 30 Sep 2021 - 03 Oct 2021 Legnica SILVER at Romanian Jewellery Week 2.0.
Exhibition 28 Aug 2021 - 12 Sep 2021 Budapest Jewelry Week 2021.
Exhibition 17 Nov 2020 - 08 Jan 2021 Two of a Kind.
Exhibition 27 Aug 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 Action Collection. Contemporary Jewelry from the Collection of Art Gallery in Legnica.
Meeting 07 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019 Radiant Pavilion. Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial 2019.
Exhibition 06 Sep 2019 - 05 Nov 2019 MasterMakers.
Exhibition 14 Nov 2018 - 12 Dec 2018 Day and Night by Otto Künzli and Therese Hilbert.
Exhibition 17 Oct 2018 - 17 Nov 2018 50 years Galerie Handwerk Munchen.
Lectures 15 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018 Two Lectures by Otto Künzli at China Academy of Art.
Fair 07 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018 Schmuck 2018.
Exhibition 23 Feb 2018 - 24 Mar 2018 Aus der Tiefe by Therese Hilbert.
Exhibition 08 Jan 2018 - 29 Apr 2018 All or Nothing: Collection Jurriaan van den Berg.
Exhibition 17 Nov 2017 - 28 May 2018 Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection..
Exhibition 20 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 Galerie Rosemarie Jäger at TRESOR Basel 2017.
Exhibition 19 May 2017 - 05 Nov 2017 Medusa Bijoux et tabous.
Exhibition 30 Apr 2017 - 21 May 2017 Nukleus by Therese Hilbert and Otto Künzli.
Exhibition 10 Mar 2017 - 07 May 2017 Private Confessions. The Drawings of Jewellery Artists.
Exhibition 08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017 Quidam by Otto Künzli.
Exhibition 11 Oct 2016 - 12 Nov 2016 Evil & I by Otto Künzli & Therese Hilbert.
Exhibition 05 Jun 2016 - 11 Dec 2016 &: Hilbert & Künzli.
Award 08 Mar 2016 - 25 Mar 2016 Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2016.
Book: Silver Meetings 2. Contemporary Jewellery in Legnica 2012 - 2019. Gallery of Art in Legnica. Gallery of Art in Legnica: Legnica, 2019
Book: Jiro Kamata: VOICES. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2019
Book: Mia Maljojoki, Jewelry 1998–2018. Maljojoki, Mia. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2018
Book: Private Confessions. Drawing & Jewellery. Maurer Zilioli, Ellen. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2016
Book: Mari Ishikawa : Jewellery & Photography, Where does the parallel world exist?. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: Stuttgart, 2016
Book: I made it, you name it: exhibition catalogue of Otto Künzli. The Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 2015. Künzli, Otto. CiNii Books: Tokyo, 2015
Book: Otto Künzli: The Book. Künzli, Otto. Arnoldsche Art Publisher: Stuttgart, 2013
Book: The Fat Booty of Madness. The Jewellery Department at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. ARNOLDSCHE Art Publishers: Stüttgart, 2008
Book: Jiro Kamata: Momentopia. Kamata, Jiro. Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V.: Hanau, 2008
Book: Annamaria Zanella: Constructive Works, 1993-2007. Comune di Padova Assesorato alla Cultura: Padua, 2007
Book: Tatort-Tatwort. Künzli, Otto. Galerie Marzee: Nijmegen, 2005
Book: Ding. Peter Bauhuis. Britton, Helen; Künzli, Otto; Janzen, Thomas. Gessler, R: Verlag, 2001
Book: Cozticteocuitlatl 1995-1998. Künzli, Otto. Galerie Wittenbrink, Galerie Sophie Lachaert, Galerie Ra & Kunstforum Kirchberg: Munich, 1998
Book: Otto Künzli: Oh, say!. Künzli, Otto. Wesleyan University: Middletown, 1992
Book: Otto Künzli: Das dritte Auge. The Third Eye. Het derde oog.. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: Amsterdam, 1991
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