Wiener Schmucktage 2018 International Festival of Contemporary Jewellery in Vienna

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The WIENER SCHMUCKTAGE intensifies public engagement with contemporary jewellery production and awakens their desire to wear jewellery. The compelling specially developed event concept sensitizes the public’s intellect, sense of touch, emotions and sensuality in equal measure writes Ilaria Ruggiero.

For the fourth time, around 160 Austrian and international jewellery makers will present their work at 35 locations across Vienna from 6 to 11 November 2018. Over the years the platform has evolved into an international festival of contemporary jewellery in Vienna.

In the framework of solo and group exhibitions, workshops (SCHMUCK.FÜHLEN), motto breakfasts (SCHMUCK.SCHMECKEN) and themed guided tours of studios, galleries, shops as well as museum collections (SCHMUCK.MACHEN), contemporary jewellery making is transformed into a unique experience.

In 2018, the pieces on display will range from innovative art jewellery, upcycled and recycled designs to jewellery made of paper, Corian®, porcelain and horn. The festival will also show sculpture, video and performance work as well as presentations of current jewellery collections using traditional gold- and silversmiths’ techniques.

The SCHMUCK.NACHT will take place on Wednesday, 7 November.

Launched in 2017, the SCHMUCK.DISKURSIV feature of the programme will continue this year. With lectures, discussions, performances, film and video screenings as well as readings focusing on jewellery, we aim to raise awareness and to start a debate about what jewellery can be and how wearing jewellery accompanies us in our everyday lives.

This year’s lecture series SCHMUCK.DISKURSIV in the MAK FORUM on Sunday, 11 November 2018 revolves around contemporary jewellery design and jewellery aesthetics as well as innovative approaches to new materials and technologies.

The OPEN CALL is one of the highlights of the WIENER SCHMUCKTAGE. Since 2016, the international open call has offered ten jewellery artists, who are selected by a jury, the possibility to introduce themselves to the public. For the third year in a row – this year on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 – ten select pieces of jewellery will be presented at the KICK-OFF event in cooperation with the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art.

The event is intended as a networking opportunity where programme partners, experts and jewellery lovers are welcome to get together and wear their favourite jewellery.

Enjoy it!

Image Credits

Faina, Blue Iris, 2017,
necklace, coated plastic (PVC-free),
silver, steel
AURIS KU, Rosy Hoops, 2018,
earrings, acrylic
Photo: David M Peters

Schmuque by Julia Münzing,
Nuance Claire Obscure, 2018,
necklace, polyolefin, cultured pearls, porcelain
Photo: David M Peters

Alfred J. Römer, necklace,
platinic fine gold with Tahitian pearls and brilliants, produced using mokume-gane, 1998
Photo: David M Peters

KollektivKraft, Fusion, 2018,
object, wax, silver
Photo: David M Peters

Collective Womanmade, Nude Salmon Venus Collar, 2017,
chain with pendant, copper encased in salmon leather
Photo: David M Peters

Noah Layr, Between, 2016,
brooch, copper, brass, steel, urushi lacquer, phosphorescent pigments, gold leaf
Photo: David M Peters

Lena Glieber, brooch (untitled), 2018
brass, mirror, pigment;
Birgit Wimmer, brooch (untitled), 2018,
iron, rust, brass, acrylic glass, epoxy resin, pigment
Photo: David M Peters

Sonja Bischur, Knots, 2007,
necklace from the Summer collection,
white polyester chiffon, silver-plated curb chain
Photo: David M Peters

Italiano Plurale
Earring variations by Gian Luca Bartellone, Giorgio Chiarcos, Maria Diana, Elisabetta Duprè, Konrad Laimer, Stefania Lucchetta, Federica Pallaver and Stenia Scarselli
Photo: David M Peters


About the Contributing Writer

Ilaria Ruggiero is a cultural manager and curator working in the field of contemporary art. She is the founder of Adornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry, a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry. It aims to develop the knowledge and consciousness of contemporary jewelry as artistic discipline and as ground search for technique, aesthetics, and philosophy.


Ilaria Ruggiero


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