From Hand to Hand at Mudac

The exhibition
The exhibition brings together works by 58 jewellery-makers of 3 generations (12 masters, 39 pupils, 7 pupils of pupils) who have emerged from 10 schools in various countries: Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. It is organised around the first-generation teachers, with the addition of their pupils and, in some cases, the pupils of their pupils. The tradition that the Swiss are great travellers is confirmed here: of the 17 Swiss jewellers included, 5 of whom currently teach abroad, 5 pursued complementary training outside Switzerland before returning home.
The choice of pieces was carried out in agreement with the creators. The majority of the works date from the last five years. In a few cases they are older because they are emblematic of the work of particular teachers. Each creator has the same module at his/her disposal, without any sort of hierarchy: a trolley on wheels offering a presentation area of around 1m2. This display option conveys the very great mobility of jewellery creators: both the teachers who move around giving workshops and the pupils who follow the teacher of their choice. Despite every effort on the scenographer’s part, a piece of jewellery presented in a display case is nothing but a miniature sculpture. It lacks its natural support, the body. To compensate for this absence from the exhibition, some of the jewellery pieces are also shown being worn by means of black-and-white photographs taken by students of the Ecole de Photographie in Vevey (CEPV).
The exhibition’s organisation and scenography were undertaken by Carole Guinard, jewellerymaker and scenographer at the mudac.

The artists :
Onno Boekhoudt / Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Annelies Planteijdt, Rian de Jong, Masako Hamaguchi, Lucy Sarneel, Cristina Filipe, Sónia Graça

Esther Brinkmann / Haute école d’art et de design, Geneva, Switzerland
Christian Balmer, Brune Boyer-Pellerej, Nathalie Perret, Sophie Bouduban, Sonia Morel, Sophie Hanagarth, Joanne Grimonprez, Fabrice Schaefer, Julie Usel, Ilona Schwippel, Aurélie Dellasanta

Caroline Broadhead / Middlesex University, London, Great-Britain
Julie Cook, Madeleine Furness, Maria Militsi

Johanna Dahm / Hochschule für Gestaltung, Pforzheim, Germany
Iris Bodemer, Andi Gut, Julia Walter, Claudia Stebler, Luzia Vogt

Otto Künzli / Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München, Germany
Bettina Speckner, Bettina Dittlmann, Karl Fritsch, Doris Betz, Karen Pontoppidan, Adam Grinovich, Peter Bauhuis, David Bielander

Eija Mustonen / South Carelia Polytechnic, Lappeenranta, Finland
Tarja Tuupanen, Nelli Tanner

Ruudt Peters / Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Iris Eichenberg, Noémie Doge

Dorothea Prühl / Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Halle, Germany
Andrea Wippermann, Beate Klockmann

Ramon Puig Cuyas / Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain
Xavier Domènech, Marc Monzó, Gemma Draper

Graziano Visintin / Istituto Statale d’Arte Pietro Selvatico, Padova, Italy
Stefano Marchetti

David Watkins, Michael Rowe / Royal College of Art, London, Great-Britain
Felix Flury, Mah Rana, Christoph Zellweger

And the students of the Ecole de photographie de Vevey (CEPV) under the direction of Thierry Gauthey, Virginie Otth, Daniel Baudraz, Pierre Germond and Christian Rossier.