Dear Shaded Viewers,
I met Karl Fritsch probably 4 decades ago when he was working with my dearly departed friend, Mario Salvucci. His work is quite singular. It is more like sculptures than jewellery, here is a selection to give you a window onto his world.
Through elaborate processes, Fritsch creates jewellery and sculptures that exude a playful lightness. They often have a sense of improvisation and an almost childlike fascination of the unexpected. Karl Fritsch is the darling of the artistic jewelry scene and his works are not only worn, but also on display in many museum collections and his rings are in demand as collector’s items.
By pushing boundaries beyond what is conventionally associated with “jewellery”, the artist explores the eccentric, creating a profound expression of individuality. One of a kind, like the person wearing it!
The new show “Ruby Gold” is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, with an opening event over the weekend of 12th and 13th September. In connection with the playful and iconoclast nature of the artist’s works, the gallery displays the jewellery in an unconventional manner, as if in a playground with slides in an all black space. In accompaniment with the show, the artist and the gallery has also produced an exquisite catalogue of the artist’s works. From October 17 we are excited to expand the show with photographs by Amsterdam based artist Paul Kooiker, a leading figure in conceptual photography in Europe. Both shows will be held until December 20.
Karl Fritsch was born 1963 in Sonthofen, Germany and lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand.
Works in Public collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (GB) / Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) / Mudac, Musee de Design et Àrts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne (CH) / Danner-rotunde, Pinakothek der Moderne, München (D) / Alice und Louis Koch Kollektion, Schweiz (CH) / The Helen Drutt Collection, Philadelphia (USA) Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (D) / Royal College of Art, London (GB) / Museo Del Gioello dÁutore, Padua (I) / Schmuck und Edelstein Museum,Turnov (CZ) / Espace Solidor, Haut-de-Cagnes (F) / Schmuck Museum Pforzheim (D) Anger Museum Erfurt (D) / Sammlung Bollmann, Klosterneuburg (AT) / Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (D) / The Hiko Mizuno Collection,Tokio (J / Auckland Museum, Auckland (NZ) / Te Papa National Museum , Wellington (NZ) / Stedelijk Museum, ´s Hertogenbosch (NL) / National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AUS) / Middelsbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), UK / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA) / Metropolitan Museum of Art New York,(USA) / Museum of Decorative Arts Montreal (CAN) / Govett-Brewster Contemporary Art Museum,Taranaki (NZ) / Corning Museum of Glass, Corning (USA) / Museum of Art and Design New York (USA) / Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA / The Jewish Museum New York (USA) / Swiss National Museum Zurich (CH)
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