14.03.2009 – 17.05.2009

Dorothea Prühl. Colliers. Necklaces

“To me, neck jewellery is jewellery par excellence.” – Dorothea Prühl
View of showcases, Dorothea Prühl. Colliers. Necklaces, 2009.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

About the Exhibition

Dorothea Prühl (b. in Breslau in 1937) is a leading contemporary artist in jewellery. Abstract impressions from nature, concentration on essentials, profound sensitivity and sculptural vigour distinguish her aesthetic stance. She makes fundamental statements in gold and silver — as well as wood, aluminium, titanium and stainless steel.

Impressions, which are manifest in generous clarity of form. Starting with givens, she tracks down their inmost core, lending it a new aesthetic language — it might be a flower, the wind, a house. The object represented remains more or less recognisable, concealing no hidden messages so that it allows for no extrinsic interpretations.
After studying art at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle (1956—1962), Dorothea Prühl at first worked as a designer of mass-produced jewellery in industry before being offered a teaching post in jewellery “at the Castle” and a return to Halle. Together with Renate Heintze (1936—1991), Dorothea Prühl worked out a new training concept aimed at one-off pieces, which entailed both opposing the officially prescribed orientation towards design and shaking off the pervasive crafts tradition centred on workmanship. From 1991 Dorothea Prühl was head of the Burg Giebichenstein Institute for Art and Design and from 1994 she held the chair in jewellery there until she retired in 2002. Apart from her œuvre, she has, therefore, personally exerted a formative influence on what has been happening in jewellery in Germany.
Works by Dorothea Prühl are owned by numerous important museums and collections all over the world. In recent years, the artist has devoted herself exclusively to neck jewellery, which, as she puts it herself, is “jewellery par excellence”.

Plan your visit

Where?

Barer Straße 40,

80333 Munich

Open:

Daily 1O a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Mondays closed

On Thursdays 1O a.m. – 8 a.m.

The Exhibition Catalogue
For Dorothea Prühl, necklaces are ‘jewellery par excellence’ and this catalogue explores some of her finest examples

Impressions

View of showcases, Dorothea Prühl. Colliers. Necklaces, 2009.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Preparing the exhibition, Dorothea Prühl. Colliers. Necklaces, 2009.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Exhibition view, Dorothea Prühl. Colliers. Necklaces, 2009.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Exhibition poster, Dorothea Prühl. Colliers. Necklaces, 2009.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

Main lender:

Danner Foundation