Ralph Bakker is Dutch contemporary jewellery designer who was born on July 13, 1958. Bakker lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He attended the Dutch Intermediate Technical School in Schoonhoven, the Netherlands from 1986 to 1991 before enrolling at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1991 to 1994. In between Bakker worked under the supervision of Peggy Bannenberg. Bakker has had numerous solo exhibitions in the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. He also participated in many group exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. Ralph Bakker’s work is featured in several renowned public and private collections, including the Newark Museum of Art, the Koch Collection in Switzerland and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
StatementMy work needs to be worn and whoever is wearing the piece in turn gives meaning to the work. Jewelry becomes an intricate part of one’s own intimate mythology. How then, can they still be mine?
I want to seduce with my jewelry, my work is seduction; and when the seduction is achieved, the seduced can never be without the object of desire. The greatest compliment.
Exhibition 12 Sep 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 Revelry by Ralph Bakker.
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 18 Sep 2014 - 11 Oct 2014 Jewellery Art In Striking Contrast by Ralph Bakker and Giovanni Sicuro.
Exhibition 21 Jun 2014 - 02 Aug 2014 Pattern Magic by Ralph Bakker.
Exhibition 30 Jan 2014 - 30 Mar 2014 Chain Reactions: Claartje Keur’s jewellery and portrait.
Exhibition 20 Jan 2013 - 14 Apr 2013 Play of Form and Color - New Directions in Enameled Jewelry.
Exhibition 12 Jan 2013 - 23 Feb 2013 Sarabande.
Exhibition 15 Sep 2012 - 27 Oct 2012 Ralph Bakker: Introduction.
Exhibition 10 Nov 2011 - 03 Dec 2011 Ralph Bakker.
Exhibition 09 Jun 2011 - 24 Jun 2011 Ralph Bakker Archief.
Book presentation 01 Sep 2010 - 09 Feb 2011 Ralph Bakker: Art Edition.
Exhibition 01 Nov 2009 - 30 Nov 2009 Ralph Bakker: A Retrospective.
Exhibition 18 Oct 2008 - 13 Nov 2008 Memories.
Book: New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, Nicolas. Promopress: Barcelona, 2021
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: Ralph Bakker Archief Art Edition. Bakker, Ralf. Timmer Art Books: Rotterdam, 2013
Book: Ralph Bakker Archief. Bakker, Ralf. Timmer Art Books: Amsterdam, 2011
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