We regard jewellery as artistic medium
Olga Zobel Biró opened Galerie Biró not far from the city’s large art museums in Munich Schwabing in 1992. At the beginning, the gallery specialised only in plastic jewellery design. The gallery’s strict concept saw its aim as presenting the aesthetic qualities of this material, which has made such an impact on this last century. “Plastic remains impregnated throughout with this wonder: it is less a thing than the trace of a movement” wrote the French philosopher Roland Barthes (Roland Barthes, Mythologies). To her great joy, Olga Zobel discovered the Dutch artists Gijs Bakker und Paul Derrez, as well as Peter Chang from Glasgow, Thomas Gentille from New York and Pavel Opocensky from Prague, to name just a few. They all made extraordinary jewellery from plastics. At the beginning of the 1990s, Galerie Biró published its first catalogue Kunststoff Schmuck Kunst.
After this initial pioneering work, the gallery broadened its concept. With time, it became clear that jewellers worked with all kinds of materials. Nevertheless, some artists, such as Peter Chang and Svenja John, have stayed true to plastics.
With international exhibitions in Sarajevo, Melbourne, Tallinn, Nicosia and Budapest, we have brought contemporary jewellery to a wider audience. Through continuous curating and consulting work in Cagnes sur Mer, the gallery has established a unique location for contemporary jewellery in France. The exhibitions there are dedicated generally to a particular country and are always accompanied by a catalogue. In 2016, the museum Villa Stuck in Munich produced their own catalogue for their presentation of our French exhibition GlAmour.
In 2010, Kinga Zobel became a partner in the gallery and has broadened its scope through her own projects. Particularly memorable was the SCHMUCKshow 2012 in Maximilian Forum in Munich. In 2015, she published the catalogue GUT Germany’s upcoming talents.
Through the mainly solo exhibitions held in the gallery, and through our participation in international fairs, we offer insight into the astonishing range of contemporary art jewellery, showing both the leading names in the field, as well as up and coming talent.
Advising and informing collectors and visitors is an important part of the gallery’s portfolio,
The Team, Olga Zobel and Kinga Zobel
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