_Think Bauhaus. Build Jewellery. An Architecture by Ryuji Nakamura

A booklet including an interview by Susan Pietzsch with Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura and drawings of “Reif” — an proposal by Ryuji Nakamura for the water tower (Wasserturm Süd) in Halle within the project “Think Bauhaus. Building Jewellery in Architecture”.
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_Think Bauhaus. Building jewellery in architecture
バウハウスを考える——建築としてのジュエリー

The historic Bauhaus, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, is recognized today as the most influential educational institution in the field of architecture, art and design of the 20th century. The Bauhaus Manifesto, written by Gropius in April 1919, articulates the objectives of the Bauhaus, which include among others “to unite architecture with art and design in the service of man as a social being” (W. Franks). Within this document, Gropius describes The Building as “the ultimate goal of all visual arts” ensuing that “the ornamentation of the building was once the loftiest task of all visual arts, as they were indispensable parts of great architecture. Today the arts exist in isolation, from which they can be rescued only through the conscious, cooperative effort of all craftspeople.”

The project “Think Bauhaus: Building Jewellery in Architecture” seeked out a contemporary interpretation of Gropius’ way of thinking. In so doing, the project was in no way about decorating a building devoid of consideration of its architecture; rather, it was much more about a visionary interpretation of the concept of jewellery in architecture following the idea of Bauhaus and its relevance in our present time.

A project based on the idea by Schmuck2. Originally designed for the car park (Großgarage Süd) and water tower (Wasserturm Süd) in Halle, as well as the Deaconess Motherhouse “Neuvandsburg” in Elbingerode (Harz), in cooperation with the Saxony-Anhalt Arts Foundation. Carried out in two competitions by the Saxony-Anhalt Arts Foundation for the car park (Großgarage Süd) and water tower (Wasserturm Süd) in Halle. The design “Reif“ by the Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura remained unrealized.

Public talk event within the series “Bauhaus - Open End” at the Goethe Institute Tokyo with Torsten Blume (Researcher, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation) x Toshimasa Sugimoto (Architectural Historian, University of Hiroshima) x Ryuji Nakamura (Architect), moderated by Susan Pietzsch. more info


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Drawing of the installation “Reif” for the water tower (Wasserturm Süd) in Halle, planned by the Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura. For organizational reasons, the work could not be realized.
© Ryuji Nakamura



_„spring/summer 16_green gold“
a publication on the occasion of 20 years of Schmuck2 (1997-2017)


On the occasion of the 20 years Schmuck2 celebration we publish a series of photographs from the project „spring/summer 16_green gold“ by the two German artists Susan Pietzsch and Valentina Seidel at the HOCHsitz/ Glashagen MV (2016).

The picture booklet is accompanied by a textbook including texts by Anne Schloen, Makiko Akiyama and an interview by Benjamin Lignel in conversation with Susan Pietzsch. The new book draws memories and another kind of Schmuck2's 20-year intention to create a picture of contemporary jewellery in our modern society.

With the publication, Schmuck2 would like to thank all participating artists, authors, contributors and supporters that were part of a 20 years long-lasting fruitful process.

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_spring/summer 16_green gold

In 2016 the two German artists Susan Pietzsch and Valentina Seidel started their new project „spring/summer 16_green gold“ at the HOCHsitz/ Glashagen MV. For a week the two artists wrapped the HOCHsitz Atelier in golden foil.

A temporary installation and performance that challenges gold both in art and in the context of jewellery. At the same time, however, the work also questioned places for artistic productions and interprets the concept of architecture in interplay with jewellery. Nestled in a place of yearning, for a limited time, the resulting photographic work is the artistic product that is preserved.


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„For a brief moment, Valentina Seidel and Susan Pietzsch infiltrated something inexplicable into the realm of reality and created a puzzling space full of poetry in the midst of nature. Fleeting gold.“

(Anne Schloen, LOOK! The alien in the everyday, in „spring/summer 16_green gold“ published by Schmuck2, 2018.)