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Otto Künzli

Published: 19.07.2006
Otto Künzli. Bracelet: Gold makes you blind, 1987. Gold, rubber. Ø 8,3 cm. Collection de la Confédération 
. Photographie © Olivier Laffely/AN. Otto Künzli
Bracelet: Gold makes you blind, 1987
Gold, rubber
Ø 8,3 cm
Collection de la Confédération
Photographie © Olivier Laffely/AN

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Otto Künzli. Brooch: Mi, Myself And Eye, 1993. Otto Künzli
Brooch: Mi, Myself And Eye, 1993
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Otto 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  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  City: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2016.

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Book:  Mari Ishikawa : Jewellery & Photography, Where does the parallel world exist?. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Book:  Private Confessions. Drawing & Jewellery. Maurer Zilioli, Ellen.  Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Book:  Annamaria Zanella: Constructive Works, 1993-2007. Comune di Padova Assesorato alla Cultura:  Padua,  2007
Book:  Cozticteocuitlatl 1995-1998. Künzli, Otto.  Galerie Wittenbrink, Galerie Sophie Lachaert, Galerie Ra & Kunstforum Kirchberg:  Munich,  1998
Book:  Otto Künzli: Oh,say!. Künzli, Otto.  Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University:  Middletown,  1992
Book:  Otto Künzli: Das dritte Auge. The Third Eye. Het derde oog.. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam:  Amsterdam,  1991