With the exhibition ELIGIUS AWARD 2016. Jewelry from Austria, presented in cooperation with the Traklhaus, the MAK provides for the third time an insight into Austria’s contemporary
jewelry scene. The Eligius Award for Body Jewelry and Jewelry Objects, presented by the Federal State of Salzburg that created
the award in 2005, is Austria’s only award for contemporary jewelry.
The exhibition of candidates’ work was initially presented in June and July 2016 in Salzburg. For the exhibition in the MAK,
this year’s jury members—Cornelie Holzbach (director of the Jewelry Museum Pforzheim), Ina Stegen (founder of Salzburg College
and jewelry collector), and Heidemarie Caltik, curator of the MAK Design Info Pool Collection—selected a focused group of
objects. Besides works by this year’s award winner, Lena Grabher, these include new collections by Sonja Bischur, Susanne
Blin, Petr Dvorak, Ursula Guttmann, Andrea Maxa Halmschlager, Paul Iby, Beatrix Kaufmann, Viktoria Münzker, Eva Petrič, Konstanze
Prechtl, Ulrich Reithofer, and Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele.
This year, for the second time, a renowned jewelry artist has been honored under the category “retrospective.” Complementing
contemporary trends in Austrian jewelry art, the category honors work that has long enjoyed a reputation for success. For
this category, the jury nominated Anna Heindl: 90 of her works from the late 1970s to the present are to be seen in the MAK
A cooperation between Kunst im Traklhaus and the MAK. The jury consisted of Heidemarie Caltik, curator, MAK Design Info Pool Collection; Cornelie Holzach, director, Pforzheim Jewelry Museum; and Ina Stegen, founder of Salzburg College and jewelry collector.
The exhibition catalog, entitled 5. Eligius-Schmuck-Preis des Landes Salzburg 2016 and published by the Traklhaus, is available for € 4 at the MAK Design Shop.