Gone Astray – Jewellery and Utensils on the Fringe of Reason at Schmuck Museum

Margit Jäschke


Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim



Open to the Public



Gone Astray – Jewellery and Utensils on the Fringe of Reason

Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim

6 October 2023 through 14 January 2024

Curated by Ellen Maurer Zilioli

Where does usefulness end, and where does experimenting far beyond functionality begin?

After all, it’s not a new thing anymore that some contemporary gold- and silversmiths question the classical canon of their respective genre, as well as their historical roots and traditions, creating wildly unusual things that violate taboos of their trade and bear witness to disobedience and to breaking rules. They unhinge golden rules and challenge or satirise aesthetic norms, transmuting jewellery, utensils and other objects into paraphrases of their craft.

The show will be spotlighting jewellery, utensils and other objects created 28 artists who question conventional perspectives.

About Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim

The Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Germany is a museum dedicated to the history and art of jewelry making. It showcases a wide range of jewelry from different eras and styles, including precious pieces from the Renaissance and Art Deco periods. The museum also features interactive exhibits and educational programs that highlight the craftsmanship and design of jewelry. Visitors can learn about the history of jewelry making in Pforzheim, which has been a center of jewelry production for centuries, and see the tools and techniques used by master craftsmen. The Schmuckmuseum is a must-visit destination for jewelry enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history and art of this fascinating field.

Opening hours of Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum:

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Public holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve


€ 4.50, reduced price € 2.50
€ 6 combined ticket, incl. a visit to the Technical Museum of Pforzheim's Jewellery and Watchmaking Industries

Free of charge for holders of a Museum-Pass-Musées, ICOM card oder »Schwarz­wald­karte« (permanent exhibition)


Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
Jahnstraße 42
75173  Pforzheim


Image Credits

»STASH« David Clarke, 2020 Courtesy of Galerie Zink, Waldkirchen, & David Clarke