A report by Lilian Mattuschka
With photos by Piero Arico
As every year during the jewellery week, Munich is invaded by strange characters, recognizable thanks to their unique tendency to wear ornament and decoration.
During these intense days, you will see colourful broaches, big necklaces and eye-catching rings all around the city, and if these signs are not evident enough you can identify them because of the one common object everyone holds tight in their hands: the Current Obsession map/book.
Makers, collectors, gallerists, students and just curious people (way less than the others, indeed) from different cultural backgrounds come together with a common goal: contemporary jewellery.
As a professional myself, I want to share my favourites of this Munich jewellery week 2017:
BEATRICE BROVIA AND NICOLAS CHENG, “GOLD RUSH”
One of the most interesting and complete exhibitions in this year´s schmuck thanks to a perfectly working dialog between the display and the pieces.
Visitors were encouraged to look beyond the regular ways in which highly precious materials are used in the jewellery field, and to reflect on their controversial nature.
With a series of very clean and aesthetically pleasing pieces made out of e-waste Brovia and Cheng where putting their focus on the normally invisible uses of gold.
AKIKO KURIHARA “THE CAT DID IT”
Smart and funny as every year. Always a pleasure to visit and see what new game is on the table of Akiko Kurihara.
JORGE MANILLA “ABRUPTIONS”
A mysterious and dark experience in strong contrast with the enthusiastic crowd of visitors that were literally fighting to touch the enchanting skin of these guts-like pieces.
COCO SUNG “KARMA”
Freedom was the first thing that came to my mind when I entered in CoCo Sung’s show. Refreshing and inspiring, a beautiful combination between painting and jewellery.
Sung opened up to visitors her imaginary world with courage and great ability in combining colour, shapes and material.
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