SCHMUCK 2020: Hosting the scene in Munich

From 11 to 15 March 2020 special exhibition SCHMUCK as part of the Internationale Handwerksmesse will once again act as a meeting point for collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and jewellery enthusiasts from around the world. The event is one of the most significant exhibitions in contemporary jewellery design and every year numerous accompanying events take place across the city.

This year, 802 goldsmiths and jewellery designers from 61 countries have stood for election to present their works at the renowned special exhibition. Organised as an international competition, the event serves as an important platform for exhibitors to earn worldwide recognition and make new contacts. The presentation of the Herbert Hofmann Prize to three outstanding jewellery designers is the high point every year and this time round will take place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at 5 pm on the stage in Hall B1. 

Chequita Nahar as this year's curator
The special exhibition SCHMUCK at the Internationale Handwerksmesse is seen as style-setting and is regularly the starting point for new currents in the field of contemporary jewellery design. Every year, the exhibits that can be seen at SCHMUCK are selected by a well-known personality from the jewellery world. The curator for the upcoming show is Chequita Nahar, director of the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts in the Netherlands. Her selection is, among other things, a homage to her late mentor, the well-known art historian Marjan Unger. "I have included the insights from my and Marjan's last conversations in the coming selection. The aim is for the objects to engage attention in a particular way. They must stand out for their shape, their idea, their colour, their material, the style of the design or as a result of their crazy style. They have to raise questions and make us consider what we do and where we are," according to curator Nahar. The selection eventually came down to unique works by 63 artists from 29 countries. Germany is the most strongly represented, followed by Korea, the Netherlands, Australia and the Czech Republic. The works of well-known classical designers can be seen alongside contributions by young goldsmiths and jewellery designers.

Robert Baines as a Modern Classicist
In addition, every year the special exhibition honours a "Modern Classicist" with a retrospective. In 2020 this will be the Australian Robert Baines. The former professor in gold and silver smithery at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is one of the leading researchers in the field of archaeometallurgy. He has received multiple awards including the Bavarian State Prize (2005) and the Cicely and Colin Rigg Craft Awards (1997), the highest craft prize in Australia. His extraordinary works enjoy world renown and are displayed in museums in Paris, New York, Houston, Hamburg and elsewhere. A selection of his most significant works can also be seen at SCHMUCK.

FRAME – A meeting point for international galleries
Contemporary jewellery is also the theme of the international galleries presenting themselves in the FRAME area in the immediate vicinity of SCHMUCK in Hall B1. In 2020, 11 galleries are being hosted, which can only be experienced together in Munich. These include the ATTA GALLERY (Thailand), FROOTS GALLERY (China), GALERIE MARZEE (Netherlands), GALERIE NOEL GUYOMARC'H (Canada), GALERIE ROSEMARIE JÄGER (Germany), JEWELERS’ WERK GALERIE (USA), KCDF (Korea Craft & Design Foundation), PLATINA (Sweden), SIENNA PATTI GALLERY (USA), THE NATIONAL (New Zealand) and the TINSEL GALLERY (South Africa).

Munich city plan including all events
For SCHMUCK 2020 the organiser, the GHM Gesellschaft for Handwerksmessen mbH, is designing its own city plan with all events in galleries, studios and museums that are taking place for the occasion of the special exhibition and therefore also as part of Munich Jewellery Week. Alongside information about SCHMUCK and on «Handwerk & Design», it collates all event locations and dates. The printed city plan can be obtained from the trade show; the online version will be available on the website from mid-February 2020.

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