Mr Karl Fritsch


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College of Design and Social Context

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Karl Fritsch belongs to an international avant-garde that has abandoned the traditional concept of jewellery to explore new avenues. This does not mean simply doing away with conventional jewellery but involves reviving it, embedding it and approaching it in different ways. His originality, fresh perspectives and willingness to share ideas have brought him international standing in the jewellery community. The accolades that he has been bestowed with are extremely well deserved and include the Françoise van den Bosch Award in 2006.

Fritsch’s high profile in the arts community is not confined to the jewellery domain. He has numerous exhibitions with Melbourne’s Gallery Funaki and his work is widely collected. He is known widely throughout Australia as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Karl Fritsch has extensive educational experience and is a very popular teacher world wide. His involvement with the School of Art faculty will bring refreshing investigatory and original new outcomes that are innovative.

The works of Karl Fritsch have continually received prizes, and have been acquired by leading international museums and public collections, for instance by the National Gallery of Victoria, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum Turnov/Czech Republic, Museum of Decorative Arts Montréal/Canada, Royal College of Art London, Auckland Museum New Zealand, Te Papa National Museum Wellington and so on.

His work has been accompanied by a series of his own publications which, with their unusual approach, make a refreshing change from the customary jewellery publications. Exhibitions curated by Karl Fritsch are often artistic installations in collaboration with designers or artists from other areas of visual art, such as Martino Gamper or Francis Upritchart.

Within the last ten years Karl Fritsch has been given solo presentations of his works at the Neues Museum für Kunst und Design (Neues Museum for Art and Design). This was then followed by a commission to re-interpret the Danner Rotunda (jewellery room) in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

His works, his approach, and his international contacts identifies Karl Fritsch belongs to the elite of international author jewellery, and has done for almost two decades.