An exhibition in Vienna illustrates the connections between jewellery, aesthetics and wealth since 1970
An exhibition that opened this week at the MAK in Vienna presents an overview of jewellery’s connection with wealth and aesthetics in recent history.
Jewellery 1970-2015 includes 454 pieces from around the world from the collection of Austrian couple Heidi and Karl Bollmann.
“Even today, jewellery is overwhelmingly seen as a sign of a person’s social position that is to be read according to convention,” says Karl Bollmann. “Roughly in the middle of the 1960s, however, there was a radical fresh start in Europe, and almost at the same time in Japan and
Half the exhibition is devoted to the work of Fritz Maierhofer, one of the leading Austrian jewellery and object artists.
Above are some of the works on display.
Images: MAK/Nathan Murrell