Tuesday, March 13, 2007

More Schmuck

So, yesterday started with a trip to the Pinakothek Moderne where Helen Drutt gave a talk about her personal history with contemporary jewellery. It was similar to a talk I've heard her give before which must have been at the last JMGA conference in Melbourne. She showed mainly slides of American work from the 70's, 80's and 90's and talked about her experiences with jewellers from those times. It was a very personal talk and I would have been more interested to hear her views on the directions that contemporary jewellery is taking now.

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The Pinakothek is AMAZING, it's an incredible building. I got a bit lost, mainly because of not being able to read German, but the spaces are fantastic including a large central atrium..

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And... Half of the total collection is design! Including a whole gallery devoted to contemporary jewellery. If only Australian public collections were so enlightened. This is the entrance to the design area...

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And here are some examples from the collection

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apple computers!


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a commodore!


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this is part of the design hall and is a kind of vertical conveyer belt! showcasing items from the collection.

The jewellery gallery is in a more intimate space and is quite beautiful.

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And the collection must be huge because not everything is on display at any given time and there were at least 200 pieces on show.

There was also a Gijs Bakker retrospective on which took up the whole of the top floor.

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All of the old favourites were there, and many pieces I hadn't seen before including this...

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bad photo, sorry. But it's from his laminated work and has gems set above the image. There was also a necklace made up of laminated penis's in various stages of erection which I'd never seen before. I wonder why? Perhaps if I'd had male teachers during my undergrad I might have been exposed to it!

After the Pinakothek I went to an open studio at Karl Fritsch's workshop. And then to an exhibition at Henrietta Schuster's workshop. She has this great little shop front with a small gallery space at the front and an even smaller workshop out the back. I was very jealous. I will do this one day!!!

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the shop front


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inside views of the gallery, you can see through to her workshop in the lower image


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In looking out.

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Henrietta

So, a good day. Today I did non jewellery sight-seeing and my next post will be from Tallinn!

cheers

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those Germans love their design don't they! That gallery / shop looks great and yes you definately should have your own and soon!
Hey a woman at work has been to Tallan and loved it. She said the old walls of the city are only there because the Germans couldnt afford to bomb it during the war. Apparently it's one of the few walled cities remaining in eastern europe and is lovely. Oh you are so going to have such an amazing experience...yay. Stay warm x Loza
x

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

omigod! this is all just unbelievable! you are seeing and doing wonderful and amazing things!!! then taking photos and blogging it for us!!! thanks so much.

annadee said...

No wuckers Rebecca, I'm into sharing! I didn't get to 3 galleries I wanted to because there has been so much on and then everything was closed yesterday (mon) and I'm leaving today. I will definitely be back to Munich during this trip.

And thanks Loz, I hadn't heard that about Tallinn but the effects of the war are obvious in Munich. I went to one of the royal palaces and at least 80% has been rebuilt since 1940's and a lot of the furniture, and wall paintings have been lost. Very sad. We criticise the Taliban for destroying the buddhas but in a way, we did the same thing to Germany in the second world war.

teresa lane said...

estonia!! tere anna!

thought this phrase might be helpful:
mul on aega, mul on raha osta olut.

(the o has two dots above it, no letter on my keyboard for it)

it means: i have time, i have money to buy beer.

my love to the metall department at EKA.
teresa

annadee said...

thanks Theresa, I read the phrase to Risto and of course got the pronounciation all wrong but he laughed in the end.