Earlier this month, Munich became a haven for jewellers as emerging and established designers used venues across the city to showcase contemporary works during Munich Jewellery Week 2018 (March 5-13).
Hundreds of makers, students, collectors and educators – including a healthy contingent from the British Academy of Jewellery – travelled from all over the world to Germany to view the exhibitions and installations on display, of which there were more than 100 to see.
The BAJ staff makes a trip to Munich Jewellery Week every year, as it is such an important showcase for contemporary jewellery. This year there were 21 members of staff on the trip, who spent three days visiting dozens of exhibitions, discovering new and innovative work.
A Contemporary Jewellery Odyssey
Marion Delarue’s jewellery piece
HeeJoo Kim’s jewellery piece
Li Liang’s jewellery piece
“Munich Jewellery Week 2018 was a unique and special team building event, allowing BAJ staff members from a myriad of diverse backgrounds to individually respond to the same stimulus,” says BAJ tutor and silversmith Michael Wong, who joined the trip and has cried it a complete success. “This exercise in itself was engaging and eye-opening. Through it, new understanding and appreciation for distinct jewellery pieces was formed. It also allowed the members of staff to learn more about each other’s skills, backgrounds, perspectives, and personal interests.”
Michael Berger’s kinetic ring
As well as simply enjoying the jewels and indulging in an excellent spot of team building, the trip to Munich Jewellery Week proved invaluable for lesson planning. “We also approached the work and exhibitions through the eyes of educators, finding inspiration for our students, and teaching material for our courses,” says Wong. “The opinions sparked by these exhibitions will fuel our discussions for weeks to come.”
Mariko Kusumoto’s amazing necklaces
Takayoshi Terajima’s jewellery pieces
Takayoshi Terajima’s solo brettspiel exhibition – where the floor worked as a timeline of his work
Shachar Cohen’s necklaces
Some other amazing installation of Munich Jewellery Week
Munch Jewellery Week’s mobile application – interactive map