12.03.2023 – 30.07.2023

Therese Hilbert. Red

Therese Hilbert is a goldsmith from Switzerland. Goldsmith means: she mostly makes jewelry.
View of the exhibition, Therese Hilbert. Red, 2023.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)

Therese Hilbert. Red

Therese Hilbert is a goldsmith from Switzerland.
Goldsmith means: she mostly makes jewelry.
But Therese Hilbert mostly uses silver to make
her jewelry objects.

She makes simple shapes for her jewelry.
For example: circle, triangle or square.
For Therese Hilbert it is clear:
Her work must be very precise.

Her jewelry objects appear calm and strong,
but not cold and rejecting.
Her silver does not shine:
Therese Hilbert brushes it until it has a matte surface.
She carves very fine lines into it,
or she applies color with a paint brush.

When we look closely at her jewelry objects,
we have to take some time.
Then we can understand the artist’s thoughts.
The jewelry objects also show
the artist’s power and sensitivity.

Children hold shells to their ears.
And adults say:
You can hear the sea rushing in the shell.
But it is not the sea, it is the blood inside our body.

It is the same with Therese Hilbert’s jewelry:
We have to take time so that we can listen inside ourselves.
Then we can feel how fine and also powerful the objects are.

It is like a volcano:
On the outside, it looks calm.
But at some point the earth’s crust cracks and smoke rises.
And suddenly the volcano erupts.
The rock melts and comes to the surface yellow-red.
Now the volcano shows how it really is inside.

For about 30 years, Therese Hilbert has been fascinated
by this theme: the inside becomes visible.
She deals with this theme in her jewelry objects.

Therese Hilbert studied with
the Swiss goldsmith Max Fröhlich
at the Arts and Crafts School of Zurich.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland.
She has won a prize three times:
the scholarship prize from
the Swiss Department of Home Affairs.
That was in 1972, 1974 and 1975.

After that she studied at the
Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
There she was a student of
the jewelry artist Hermann Jünger.
Like her first teacher Max Fröhlich,
Hermann Jünger made modern jewelry.
He was known for it all over the world.

Since then Therese Hilbert lives and works in Munich.
In 1974 she won the famous Herbert Hofmann Prize.
In 1978 she graduated from
the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
In 1986 she won the promotion prize of Munich
and in 2001 the Bavarian State Prize.

Therese Hilbert creates modern art with her jewelry objects.
They are modern art that you can actually wear.
For example: as a brooch, as a pendant or as a ring.

The jewelry objects of Therese Hilbert are shown
in many museums all over the world.
You can also find her jewelry in famous private collections
and in galleries.
Die Neue Sammlung is very pleased:
For the first time there is an exhibition
only with jewelry objects by Therese Hilbert.
This is also called a solo exhibition.
Die Neue Sammlung has worked closely with the artist.

Therese Hilbert selected about 250 objects for
the exhibition.
They are jewelry objects she has made until 2020.
You will also see jewelry objects from earlier times,
which are almost unknown.

Exhibition views

Display, Therese Hilbert exhibition. Red, 2023.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)
View of the exhibition, Therese Hilbert. Red, 2023.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)
Displays, Therese Hilbert exhibition. Red, 2023.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)

Catalogue

Therese Hilbert – Red. Jewelry 1966 – 2020

Authors*: Heike Endter, Warwick Freeman, Petra Hölscher, Otto Künzli, Ellen Maurer Zilioli, Pravu Mazumdar, Angelika Nollert

Exhibition Catalogue on white board with black lettering. The book is red and it says Therese Hilbert.
Cover of the exhibition catalogue, Therese Hilbert – Red, 2023.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung

Curated by:

Petra Hölscher