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Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, December 27, 2015

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.

Visiting Information


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.

Opening Times:

10:00–18:00 (Last admission: 17:30)


Adults: ¥1000(¥800)
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+:


Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, The Tokyo Shimbun

In collaboration with

Die Neue Sammlung –The International Design Museum Munich


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 :

Toda Corporation

Exhibition Highlights

  • "THE EXHIBITION"—Works by the Master of Contemporary Jewellery Travel to Tokyo
    Otto Künzli's pioneering "conceptual jewelry" opened new directions for the contemporary jewelry movement of the 1960s. He remains the most significant presence in his field. Originally shown in Munich at the Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich, this exhibition traveled to MUDAC – Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne before arriving in Tokyo. The exhibition at the Tokyo Teien Metropolitan Museum of Art includes over 150 works ranging from in date from 1967, Künzli's early period, to his latest creations, providing an extraordinary opportunity rethink the essential meaning of jewellery.
  • Transcending Genre
    Otto Künzli's creativity is not confined to contemporary jewelry. His works reflect a keen grasp of humanity and society. They embody a wealth of wit and sharply pointed concepts. The beauty of their forms has a universal appeal that is sure to captivate anyone with an interest in contemporary creative expression.
  • New Works Created for the Tokyo Exhibition
    In addition to the works shown in Munich and Lausanne, this exhibition features new works created to be shown in Tokyo. His older work also includes many installations, which will be seen from a fresh perspective in the Teien's distinctive spaces. Another highlight of the Tokyo exhibition is a video created in a collaboration between Künzli and artist and video director Daisuke Yamashiro.
  • Deepening Our Understanding of Contemporary Jewellery
    While the exhibition is underway, a full program of talks, workshops, and symposia to which guests from the worlds of architecture and fashion will be invited will offer opportunities for deeper understanding of what makes contemporary jewellery so interesting. There will also be satellite programs offering experiences that go beyond the museum.

Related Events

  • Otto Künzli. The Lecture

    Oct.10, 14:00-
    Venue: Gallery2, Annex
    Capacity: 120 (bookings required on our website)
    *Free of charge to those with museum tickets *English-Japanese consecutive interpretations

  • Workshop Materials wonderland

    Oct. 25, 11:00-16:00
    Mikiko Minewaki (Jewellery artist / Lecturer at Hiko-Mizuno College of Jewelry)
    Capacity: 20 (booking required on our website, admission

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