Otago Polytechnic

Thurs 19 April and Fri 20 April, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Dunedin School of Art Jewellery Workshops

Public Talk
Thurs 19 April 6pm
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Renowned contemporary jeweller OTTO KÜNZLI, Swiss born Munich based Contemporary Jeweller, is in Dunedin to give a talk about projects he has undertaken with his students as director of the jewellery department at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich.  This  prestigious school has produced some of the world’s most renowned contemporary jewellers, including New Zealand based Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch.


Fri 20 April, 9am - 4pm
Dunedin School of Art, Jewellery & Textile department
Künzli will also undertake a free tutorial for jewellers. This tutorial will be held at the Dunedin School of Art’s Jewellery & Textile department and provide practicing jewellers and students with the opportunity to discuss their work with a European jeweller of stature. This is a joint project between the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery with support from Creative New Zealand and the Fred Staub Fund.

The workshop
The workshop tutorial will be a critique style tutorial, with places for 8 students and 8 practitioners; half the group is students, half is from the local jewellery community.  The day is divided up into 4 groups of 4 (around an hour for each group of 4); participants will be in groups of relative experience/ ability; people will talk about their work together in the session, with feedback.  

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Otto Künzli
From 1991 until 2014 renowned contemporary jeweller Otto Künzli headed the contemporary jewellery department for the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. This prestigious school produced some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary jewellers , including Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch of New Zealand. Over his 23 year tenure, Künzli and his students created over 40 different installations that presented their work to the public in interesting, uncommon and attracting ways.

Künlzi says:

It is easy to say that jewellery is actually only true jewellery when it fulfils its destiny to be worn. For instance to enhance the presence of a person. But in order to find people who would like to wear our works we have to reach out, we need to go public. This commonly happens by exhibiting our works. For a painting it is natural to be hung on a nail on the wall, for a sculpture to sit on the ground, a video to be projected on a screen etc. What is natural for a piece of jewellery? Is it to rest in a showcase? Is that all we can do?

Künzli is one of the most influential jewellers working today. The Swiss-trained, Munich-based artist is the creator of some of the most iconic examples of contemporary jewellery including 1cm of Love (1995) and Gold Makes Blind (1995). Künzli’s minimalist, yet meticulously crafted work references cultural phenomena, utilising the power of metaphor and iconography with wit and sophistication.

In March 2013 Künzli’s major retrospective titled The Exhibition showcased his extensive oeuvre and was accompanied by The Book, a comprehensive catalogue documenting a career spanning over 40 years.


Published on 27 March 2018

Orderdate: 27 Mar 2018
Expiry: 21 Apr 2018