Idar-Oberstein adorned

"Idar-Oberstein adorned" is a series of exhibitions on contemporary jewellery organised by the Department of Gemstones and Jewellery in cooperation with the Jakob Bengel Foundation and the city of Idar-Oberstein. The exhibition rooms are located on the ground floor of the beautiful Art Nouveau villa of the Jakob Bengel Foundation at Wilhelmstraße 44 in Idar-Oberstein.

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Detlef Thomas

21 April to 21 June 2023
Exhibition opening: 20 April 2023,
18:30 at the Jakob Bengel Foundation

Detlef Thomas is showing works from 1980 to 2023. In addition to the jewellery, the ephemera related to his jewellery will also be on display in this exhibition. The ephemera intervene at one point or another in the "legibility" of the jewellery and are an interesting subtext to his works.
An important group of works in this exhibition are the enamels, a selection of which is being shown here for the first time and which are relevant to the artist because he has used them over the years to develop his own technical approach within a technique that is thousands of years old.
His works are characterised by a close look at form, colour, material and function and not infrequently transgress the set boundaries in order to be able to view the works quasi from the outside and thus more comprehensively, which here and there enables a completely new view of things.

Detlef Thomas only appears sporadically in public and thus his works are very rarely shown so extensively in an exhibition.

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nsaio, "new jewellery from Idar-Oberstein", has now been a synonym for the presentation of works by students of Trier University of Applied Sciences in Idar-Oberstein over the past 20 years. It is a connecting link for highly diverse works, because we particularly value supporting individuality and personal handwriting in as wide a range of styles as possible. So it is not surprising that the primary goal of the Gemstone and Jewellery Department is to guide students on their way to becoming free-acting but critical individuals and, above all, independent artists with a unique identity. This exhibition shows the work of students from the last 15 years and thus also provides an insight into the development of the department. As the location Idar-Oberstein suggests, the Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree programme is not only about free artistic work, jewellery and adornment, but also - and often above all - about precious stones. They do not have to be present in every work, but an attitude towards the material should be developed. Studying in a gemstone centre presupposes this engagement.

This exhibition takes place as part of the exhibition programme "Idar-Oberstein adorned", a cooperation of the Jakob Bengel Foundation, the city of Idar-Oberstein and the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Campus Idar-Oberstein.

When & Where

The exhibition opening takes place on 26 January 2023 at 6:30 pm CEST at Villa Bengel, Wilhelmstr. 44, 55743 Idar-Oberstein  and via Instagram live @jakobbengel
You can visit the exhibition during the opening hours of the Industrial Monument Jakob Bengel.

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CHRONOS - Alte Säcke in Aktion

A journey with Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Georg Dobler, Jürgen Eickhoff, Herman Hermsen, Winfried Krüger, Ruudt Peters and Graziano Visintin through the jewellery history of the last 45 years.The show presents seven jewellery designers, each a little older and active for decades, who have had a significant influence on the international jewellery scene. They are all artists of Galerie Spektrum, which was founded by Marianne Schliwinski and Jürgen Eickhoff in 1981 and is still one of the most important places on the jewellery scene.These artists have clearly shifted the symbiosis of art and craft towards art with their work. Tendencies of Bauhaus and Constructivism are recognisable, Pop Art flashes up and some pieces look like tiny architectures. With this generation of artists, jewellery has been given more content than ever before.On display in each case are a few older works and a comprehensive overview of the current works. In addition, photos show those pieces that seem important to the artists themselves in their development.CHRONOS looks back and forward, but above all it looks at a moment.
[Christoph Blase]


ArtWear - Annemiek Steenhuis

ARTWEAR offers an insight into contemporary Dutch jewellery with works by 24 jewellery makers; a wide range of artists, linked in the "Haarlems Sieraad Collectief", with very different works.some artists have just graduated, others have already carved out a place for themselves in the international jewellery scene. ARTWEAR shows Dutch author's jewellery in the broadest sense of the word. Artistic quality and craftsmanship were taken into account in the selection of the works. The relationship to the body, however, is the unifying element in these works. To express this, photographs of jewellery worn by artists from other disciplines were taken especially for this exhibition.

Haarlem's Sieraad Collectief

The collective was founded in 2017 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Artistic vision, craftsmanship and professionalism unite the members of the collective. The aim of the HSC is to promote the creative climate for modern jewellery design and to draw the attention of the widest possible audience to it.

24.06.-06.10.2022, Villa Bengel



The town partnership Turnov - Idar-Oberstein will be celebrated in 2022 with 4 exhibitions:

  • LET THERE BE ROCK - 3 exhibitions in Idar-Oberstein MORE
  • LET THERE BE ROCK in the Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov (CZ) MORE  


Eva-Maria Kollischan - Frictional heat

Prof. Kollischan shows new works, created during a research semester, as well as an installation in the Bengelstiftung. Prof. Baumkötter from the HFK Bremen writes about Ms Kollischan's oeuvre: "It is an artistic work in different media that examines its conditions and means and does so in a very independent way. The aim of these works is not an aesthetic of any kind but the processing and investigation of the various media with the help of one's own subjectivity."

2 December 2021 - 10 april 2022 at Villa Bengel

Infos, virtual tour

Pieter Lemmens - Rideo Ergo Sum

(accompanying ThinkingJewellery XII at the Idar-Oberstein university)

Can art be satisfied with a role as a supplier of consumer goods in the market of the culture industry? Or is it time to focus more on the political implications of art in order to engage more proactively with contemporary social issues? Paintings by Pieter Lemmens, one of the speakers, will be shown at the symposium. Perhaps the most essential question related to Lemmens' work is: what exactly is there to laugh about? Criticism through humour and exaggeration runs like a thread through Lemmens' work.

Opening on 14 October 2021, 19:00 at the University of Applied Sciences in Idar-Oberstein.


Bruce Asbestos – S/S20 & S/S21

(accompanying ThinkingJewellery XII in Galerie Pfälzer Hof)

In 2021, the cooperation between the university and the Jakob Bengel Foundation with the galleries Chrom VI and Pfälzer Hof will continue. On the theme of the 12th Jewellery Symposium "The Political Challenge of Art", Galerie Pfälzer Hof will show the installations S/S 2020 and S/S 2021 S/S 2021 uses experimental 3D modelling and rendering to create a playful digital catwalk for Bruce Asbestos' spring/summer collection. Based on research trips to New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia and Asbestos' love of American pop culture, the outfits shown on the catwalk address the power of cultural identity in a globalised visual culture. The S/S catwalk features wild interpretations of American icons, including 'Kroc', a crocodile figure based on American McDonald's tycoon Ray Kroc, who made the company a symbol of American capitalism.  (curated by Dr. Eila Goldhahn)

Opening 15 October 19:00
Duration: 15 October to 31 October, daily from 17:00 to 23:00
Gallery Pfälzer Hof, Wasenstraße 90, 55743 Idar-Oberstein |

David Bielander – Jewellery

(accompanying ThinkingJewellery XII at the Jakob Bengel Foundation)

David Bielander does not work in themes or phases. All his works are one, a constantly growing body of work, interwoven, interconnected and slowly in motion. In this way, previously created works make astonishing developments. So what does it mean to imitate an animal or a flower in this dystopian reality? Who do we stick our tongue out at with the iconic rubber lip from 1999? And how does it interact with the 2019 Pinocchio nose carved from the wood of a confessional?

17 October - 25 November 2021 at Villa Bengel.

Kyoco Taniyama – ISHI NO TABI, YAMA

(zu ThinkingJewellery XII in Galerie Chrom VI)

(to ThinkingJewellery XII in Gallery Chrom VI)

In 2021, the cooperation between the university and the Jakob Bengel Foundation with the Chrom VI and Pfälzer Hof galleries will continue.
On the theme of the 12th Jewellery Symposium "The Political Challenge of Art", Chrom VI is showing works by the Japanese Kyoco Taniyama. Her creative inspiration is motivated by the concept of "ubiety". Guided by the seemingly simple question "Where am I now?", Taniyama addresses the individual's confusion, which is increasingly intensified by globalisation.

16 October - 25 November 2021 at the Chrom VI Gallery. 

Dieter Lorenz and Bernd Munsteiner – Stone images

12 August - 10 October 2021 at Villa Bengel

Proudly African – Jewellery from Africa

11 June - 8 August 2021 at Villa Bengel

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