Idar-Oberstein adorned:

David Bielander – Jewellery

This exhibition takes place within the scope of the jewellery symposium ThinkingJewellery XII


Ever since he first roamed the streets of his hometown with his piccolo hidden behind a mask at the age of seven, David Bielander, born in Basel in 1968, has been fascinated by the interplay between identity, belonging, dissonance, perception of others and the opinions that arise from it.

David Bielander completed an apprenticeship as a goldsmith in his hometown of Basel and worked for the jeweller and industrial designer Georg Spreng in Schwäbisch Gmünd before studying for six years with Professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From 2006-10 he was assistant to Professor Daniel Krüger at the Burg Giebichenstein Academy of Art in Halle, Germany; in 2011-13 he was an external tutor at the jewellery department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He has been awarded prestigious prizes: the Münchner Förderpreis in 2009, the Herbert Hofmann Prize in 2010, the Françoise van den Bosch Prize in 2012, the Swiss Design Award in 2012, the Bavarian State Prize in 2015 and the Swiss Grand Award for Design in 2017. He lives and works in Munich and his work is shown in galleries and museums around the world.

You can find David Bielander in the following galleries, among others:
ornamentum, Rob Koudijs, SO, Funaki, Wittenbrink


When & Where

On Saturday 16 October 2021, 5:30 p.m.
at Villa Bengel (registration required) and via Livestream at, with a welcome address by Peter Wenzel and an introduction by Prof. Theo Smeets. Visit by Click & Meet: 06781-27030 Villa Bengel, Wilhelmstraße 44, 55743 Idar-Oberstein.

visit the opening online per ZOOM


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