This spring, the projects gallery will host a display of richly decorated, fairytale jewellery by German artist Gabi Dziuba (b. 1951). Pieces on show will include, for example, a crown-shaped ruby ring, a brilliantly coloured four-leaf clover pendant and a bracelet with dangling baroque keys. The artist Günther Förg (b. 1952), will turn the presentation into an exciting installation.
Gabi Dziuba trained first at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim and later, from 1978 to the end of 1983, at the Academy of Art in Munich. Her love of jewellery-making has a fine arts background. The first time she set eyes on Andy Warhol’s drawings of golden shoes, she was completely bewitched and driven to experiment for herself with materials like gold and silver. This eventually led to her highly distinctive, colourful jewellery designs, characterised by rich decoration and a subtle sense of humour. Her design for a delicate gold chain bearing a pendant decorated with the word Scheisse (shit) is a good example of the latter. At home, Dziuba surrounds herself with work by other Munich artists, such as Günther Förg, Hans-Jörg Mayer and Martin Kippenberger. The relationship between Günther Förg and Gaby Dziuba dates right back to the early eighties. In recent decades he has produced several larger-than-life portrait photos of her. Förg is known for his installation-like exhibitions, in which huge, heavily framed photographs hang on walls divided into coloured planes. In these installations, he constantly strives to strike a balance between figurative art (the portrait photos) and abstraction (the wall paintings). This exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum is Förg and Dziuba’s first joint installation.