The Munich Jewellery Week is probably the most important fair for artistic jewellery and is most certainly the place to be for collectors, gallery owners and designers every year. The Master students of Object & Jewellery from PXL-MAD School of Arts will also be present. They will provide us with a complete day-to-day report on what you can call jewellery-Marathon of Munich.
The Munich Jewellery Week is for the contemporary jewel what the Salone del Mobile is for design. The trade fair was founded in 1959 and since then has been held every year in the Munich Fair (Messe). The Messe is a typical congress-centre similar to Fiera Milano where, during the Salone del Mobile, every self-respecting furniture brand is represented. Here, the International Handwork Fair will run from 7 to 13 March. The jewellery section focuses on 3 main themes. On one hand Meister der Moderne (Modern Masters) and on the other hand the well-known ‘Schmuck’ (jewels); the third is a showcase of young talents that are curated by ‘Talente’ (Talents).
Because the entire world of contemporary jewellery – from leading designers to renowned gallery owners and international art schools – are gathered here during that one week in Munich, the term pressure cooker comes to mind by analogy of the Salone del Mobile. The Jewel is hijacking the city during this period. All kinds of side programs arise among the main event. Just as Salone Satellite brought some breathing space to the design circus from the main exhibition site to the city for a bit, Munich Jewellery Week covers more than the presentations in the Messe. To get a grip on the many galleries, museums and temporary locations that organise something, the organization Current Obsession was established some time ago. Marina Elenskaya and Sarah Mesritz, neatly mapped everything under Current Obsession and simultaneously developed a platform to support and promote the contemporary jewel that goes beyond Munich alone.
One of the initiatives of Current Obsession during the seven-day jewellery marathon of Munich is an interpretation of The Lovelace. The Lovelace is a unique hotel that opened in 2017 in the city centre but can only be used as a hotel until 2019. It covers a total of 4,800 m2 and also presents itself as a hotspot with all sorts of events and exhibitions. It is here where the Master students of Object & Jewellery from PXL-MAD School of Arts will show their work.
Contrary to the past, where the presentation was a mobile take on presenting, this presentation will be fixed to one location. The previous years, the students discovered the city while presenting their creations from out of a backpack, a clever find under the impulse of teacher Gésine Hackenberg. Later they took on the city streets under the name MADexhibitionist, presenting their creations from underneath their jackets. This approach made them a force to be reckoned with and put PXL-MAD on the map as an interesting and innovative education. Whether the current Masters will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors will be seen in their daily reports from the #mindMADder.