BOLLMANN COLLECTION FRITZ MAIERHOFER Retrospective
Wed, 14.01.2015–Sun, 29.03.2015
MAK Exhibition Hall
The exhibition JEWELLERY 19702015: BOLLMANN COLLECTION. FRITZ MAIERHOFER Retrospective actually comprises two parallel exhibitions. One provides an insight into the collection of Heidi and Karl Bollmann, the subject
of which is contemporary jewellery. The works of some 206 international artists testify to the collectors huge interest
in jewellery from all cultural regions. Pieces of jewellery from the USA, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South
Africa, Korea, Vietnam, and China are on display alongside exhibits from nearly all European countries. The exhibition is
divided into three time periods: from 1970 to 1999, 2000, and 2001 to 2015. The year 2000 is given particular emphasis because,
as part of the project Jewellery at the Millennium, Karl Bollmann invited the most prominent international jewellery artists to create a piece of jewellery especially for his
wife. The resulting works are presented to the public for the very first time in the context of this MAK exhibition.
The second section displays a chronological overview of the oeuvrejewellery and sculpturesof Fritz Maierhofer,
one of the leading jewellery artists in Austria. On display are works from the 1960s until the present day, which are characterized
by unusual combinations of materials and an avant-garde understanding of jewellery. Maierhofer creates unique objects from
acrylic glass, steel, tin, aluminum, and the synthetic material Corian. His large works bear witness to the artists
aptitude for sculpture, as do the many jewellery designs that seem to translate the format of sculpture into a small scale. Guest Curators: Heidi and Karl Bollmann, Fritz Maierhofer MAK Curator: Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive
The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog JEWELLERY 19702015: BOLLMANN COLLECTION, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Elisabeth Schmuttermeier. With a foreword by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and contributions
by Karl Bollmann and Graziella Folchini Grassetto, German/English, hardcover, 144 pages, with ca. 120 color illustrations,
MAK Vienna/Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, Stuttgart 2015. Available at the MAK Design Shop for 29.80.
Expert Guided Tours
Sat, 24.1., 2 p.m., with Karl Bollmann, Guest Curator and Collector Tue, 17.2., 6 p.m., with Fritz Maierhofer, Guest Curator, Artist Sat, 28.2., 2 p.m., with Karl Bollmann, Guest Curator and Collector Tue, 17.3., 6 p.m., with Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive Sat, 28.3., 2 p.m., with Karl Bollmann, Guest Curator and Collector
The holdings of the Metal Collection comprises objects from Europe and North America, dating from the fourteenth century to
the present. From the very beginning, there existed a policy of acquiring contemporary works for the collection as well as
historical objects. The collection covers diverse areas of the applied arts including small-scale sculpture, cutlery, clocks,
jewellery, goldsmiths art, lamps, astronomy devices and electro-plated reproductions.