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EXPO ‘Karl Fritsch: Scenes from the Munich Diamond Disaster’ – Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington (NZ) – 26Nov. 2010-16 janv. 2011

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 Karl Fritsch: Scenes from the Munich Diamond Disaster

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An installation by German jeweller Karl Fritsch, where we encounter the exquisite rings in the midst of a ‘scene’ created by the artist. Fritsch is widely known for his brilliantly irreverent handling of precious materials; here his craftsmanship is evident both in the minute detail of the jewellery, and in the curious spatial arrangement of the exhibition and its furniture. This is not how you expect to see precious objects displayed; it’s like meeting jewellery afterhours, off-duty.
Karl likes to treat his jewellery like plasticine. His pieces remain unfinished until they are worn. He endeavours to expand the idea of what jewellery might be, throwing off kilter conventional ideas about value, wearablity, and what is beautiful. Breaking most of the rules of goldsmithing—marrying precious with cheap, making new pieces from discarded jewellery, gluing uncut gemstones together, and fusing kitchen appliances with exquisite rings—Fritsch’s work declares war on the commonplace.
This exhibition shows an extraordinary artist at work on both micro and macroscopic levels: in the minute rings, and with the room at large. These are gems that refuse to be just beautiful; they jostle with real life and what it means to be precious, to be worn and to be loved. They create a scene, and revel in it.

EXPO 'Karl Fritsch: Scenes from the Munich Diamond Disaster' - Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington (NZ) - 26Nov. 2010-16 janv. 2011  dans Exposition/Exhibition 76052_463635679619_129445984619_5681540_2901331_n

The spectacularly titled exhibition Scenes from the Munich Diamond Disaster (26 November 2010–16 January 2011) will present hundreds of Fritsch’s hand-crafted rings, selected from across a fifteen year period of the artist’s practice.
These rings are constructed from a startling array of precious metals and gemstones—gold, rubies, sapphires, silver, diamonds and emeralds—which are precariously piled on top of one another, pressed into roughly formed settings, pierced, unpolished, oxidised, or inserted into the eyes of small skulls.
Fritsch has written, “At some point I would like to use gold in the same way as plasticine”. This intention is evident in Scenes from the Munich Diamond Disaster, which demonstrates Fritsch’s irreverent use of costly materials. In his work jewels are often stabbed through the centre by a nail, or a piece of gold is paired with common iron or stone.
As inventive as the works themselves is the ‘scene’ that Fritsch has created within the Hirschfeld Gallery. His rings are presented in colourful plasticine moulds inside sleek display cases. The vitrines themselves are propped on raw timber chocks, suggesting the appearance of a construction site or a gallery space during installation. Unlike the austere surfaces on which jewellery is usually displayed, here Fritsch’s rings are deliberately staged in a provisional, apparently haphazard environment.
Karl Fritsch (b.1963 in Sonthofen, Germany) studied at the Goldsmiths’ College in Pforzheim and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He was the recipient of the Herbert Hoffman Prize from the International Craftsmen Trade Fair in Munich and the Most Promising Award for Applied Art from the City of Munich. Fritsch’s work is included in several important European museums such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Art and Crafts) in Hamburg. He now lives in Island Bay, Wellington and is represented by Hamish McKay Gallery.

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Hirschfeld Gallery
101 wakefield st
- Wellington
New Zealand
Tel: +64 04 801 3021
website: citygallery.org.nz
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