Venue: Main building + Gallery 1, Annex
Born in 1948 in Zurich, Switzerland, Otto Künzli is one of the most important figures in the world of contemporary
jewellery. During his long career, he has skillfully worked the relationship between jewellery and the wearer’s body,
as well as the potential of jewellery as a medium of communication to build connections between individuals and
societies. In the process, he has transformed jewelry into a universal metaphor for humanity and social relations.
Thanks to his consistently conceptual approach, as well as the humor he expresses through his works, Künzli has
gained attention and regard beyond the field of jewellery.
This exhibition was originally shown at Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich and has toured to MUDAC – Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne. In Tokyo, we bring together over 200 works, ranging from his earliest pieces dating from 1967 to his most recent work created especially so that we may show it you on this occasion. The exhibition also includes drawings, photographs and installations.
Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, December 27, 2015
Main building + Gallery 1, Annex
Closed on 2nd & 4th Wednesday (Oct.14, 28, Nov.11, 25 & Dec. 9,24)
*However, the museum is open on Dec. 23 as a national holiday, then closed on Dec. 24.
10：00–18：00 (Last admission: 17:30)
College and vocational students: ¥800(¥640)
Junior high and high school students, and seniors (65 and over): ¥500(¥400)
・Figures in parentheses are group admission fees (for groups of 20 or more).
・Admission is free for elementary and younger students and for middle school students residing or going to schools in Tokyo.
・Admission is free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor's Certificate.
・Admission is free for seniors (65 and above) on the third Wednesday of each month.
・Pre-purchased tickets are available online from e+: http://eplus.jp
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, The Tokyo Shimbun
In collaboration with
Die Neue Sammlung –The International Design Museum
Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, Embassy of the Federal
Republic of Germany, Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Pro Helvetia –the Swiss Arts Council
With the co-sponsorship of ：
Top from left: Big American Neckpiece 1986, Oh, Say! 1991, Chain 1985/86, Ring für Zwei Personen 1980,
Bottom from left: “Mari with Sumi(2008)” Photo: Miriam Künzli, 1492 - When Mickey Mouse was Born 1992, Who nose? 2001
All © VG BildKunst 2013
Page top: Otto Künzli, Herz, 1985, Hiko-Mizuno College of Jewelry Collection/ Photo Naoya Ikegami, Starring Kaoru Ishii