Ever since it was invented, the car has not only represented technological ingenuity but also evoked connotations of very human qualities like mobility, freedom and luxury. For many people a car is more than just a mode of transport: it is linked to power and even eroticism. Cars are advertised in terms of pleasure, aesthetics, awareness and flexibility – all notions that apply equally to the discourse surrounding jewellery.

During a workshop project initiated by SCHMUCK2 at the jewellery department »Het Sierraad« at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam under the title »CARversation« 12 students (Dovile Bernadisiute, Mio Fujimaki, Tamara Gvierbergen, Jing He, Garam Jung, Laura Klinkenberg, Karoline Kvist, Giedre Lisauskaite, Veselina Popova, Bregje Sliepenbeck, Misato Unno and Eline Willemarck) focused upon the bizarre connection between cars, jewellery and human nature.

The six-month project culminated in an exhibition at Citroen Nederland B.V. and Amsterdam & PRPS (Public Rietveld Project Space).
Some of the works continued to be on display in the exhibition EXTREME CRAFTS at the Freies Museum Berlin.

EXTREME CRAFTS (curated by Ulrike Solbrig & Jole Wilcke & Hilde Methi) brought together current approaches in art that deal with the ethical and aesthetic dimension of craft and its potency as an idea in art. The exhibition wanted to highlight different ways to bring art and craft together to produce »a productive confusion within the normal hierarchy of cultural prestige«.


Discursive Picnic


Discursive Picnic


With the project HOCHsitzen in 2010, SCHMUCK2 contributed to the debate on the principle of exhibition space/studio/space for art and design/jewellery. This discussion culminated in the installation of the HOCHsitz studio and an interview project published in the HOCHsitzen publication.
During the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich(IHM) and its Sonderschau SCHMUCK2011 this publication was introduced in cooperation with the artist group UNWETTER during a Discursive Picnic at the MaximiliansForum in München(DE).

A Discursive Picnic initiated by UNWETTER connects different contexts in an ongoing process of reciprocal exchange. Similar to the overarching approach of exchange by SCHMUCK2 a Discursive Picnic initiated by UNWETTER connects different contexts in an ongoing process of mutual exchange. The picnic works as a potluck, where everybody is both guest and host at the same time. In Munich, on the occasion of the internationally renowned craft trade fair IHM with the Sonderschau SCHMUCK, a platform for discussion beyond the exhibition and presentation of jewellery had been developed.






Together with German art historian Anne Schloen, SCHMUCK2 developed the exhibition project “A possible dimension” for PANTALOON – a project space in Osaka (JP) that supports projects between art and design.
“A possible dimension” reflected the concept of jewellery from new and different perspectives. The project space did not find a “conventional” piece of jewellery, but rather works that serve to challenge the traditionally accepted boundaries of what constitutes jewellery – opening up a new dimension.

With works by Caroline Bayer(DE), BLESS(DE), Heike Bollig(DE), Daniel Knorr(DE), Maik and Dirk Löbbert(DE), Suska Mackert(DE), Naoko OGAWA(DE), Valentina Seidel(DE), Susan Pietzsch(DE), Motohiro TOMII(JP) and Stefan Wischnewski(DE), the exhibition presented new and unusual perspectives on the phenomenon of jewellery. Traditional paradigms regarding the function and relevance of jewellery were questioned.
The exhibition addressed contemporary interpretations of the theme of “jewellery” and the proliferation of “jewellery” both as a concept and as an object in other media.
As part of the exhibition, a “reading room” was installed as a site-specific artwork by Caroline Bayer. Books, magazines, various (jewellery) publications reflecting the broad spectrum of jewellery from the perspective of SCHMUCK2 could be read in the space.

Funded by the Cultural Ministry of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the County of Bad Doberan and the GWK – Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Westfälischen Kulturarbeit e.V.. Kindly supported by Olga Zobel – Galerie Biro/ München, Mayumi Nakayama – Röntgenwerke A.G./Tokio, Shintaro IMAI and Cathy Cox.






With the installation of the HOCHsitz in Glashagen in Northern Mecklenburg, SCHMUCK2 sets in the discourse on the current notion of showroom/studio/space for art and design. Designed by Spanish designer Marti Guixe, installed and supported by MAKRA-Bau GmbH, the hybrid space has since served as SCHMUCK2’s hostel or impulse generator for various artistic projects. Located on the private meadow of a farm, the studio assumes its function as a border crosser between private and public space – from the local to the global and thus includes various social phenomena.

© Photos Shintaro Imai

© Drawing Martí Guixé

In addition to the installation of the HOCHsitz studio in 2010, the exploration of the theme of the contemporary studio culminated in an interview project in which Cologne-based art historian Dr. Anne Schloen, Susan Pietzsch/SCHMUCK2 and Berlin-based artist Ulrike Solbrig/UNWETTER interviewed a number of international designers, artists and theorists about the current situation of contemporary studio, production and presentation spaces.

 © Photos Ulrike Solbrig

»Stinging Nettle (Utica silica)«  special tea edition for SCHMUCK2 in 2010

 © Photos Silke Koch

»WATCH OUT« installation next to the HOCHsitz by Silke Koch in 2010

The borders between public space and privat property are always changing. The rules for these area’s as well. Now there is a private farm site near Heiligendamm/Germany that hosts experiments, actions and installations on contemporary jewellery in a mini-studio in a tree house. For this very specific place, Silke Koch developed an artwork which defines the rules of regulation for that property. Watch out!

Photo © Shintaro Imai

»EXTRA BUTTON« Transformation of Buttons in Form by Noon Passama in 2010 

 © Thomas Häntzschel/nordlicht

During a HOCHsitz residency by T.S.Wendelstein (The Simple Society) outsourced as part of the project »Jewellery Hyperreal« 2012 at the Künstlerhaus Lukas Ahrenshoop

© Photos Thomas Häntzschel/nordlicht, Cecile Belmont

»Across the plain« installation next to the HOCHsitz by Cecile Belmont 2015

In a specific way, Cecile Belmont brilliantly combines diverse media in her work. She uses various artistic strategies and diverse crafts and finds her expression in limited edition clothing, embroidery, works on paper as well as performances in public space. In doing so, Belmont moves confidently and convincingly on the border between art and design. During her stay in Glashagen, the artist Cecile Belmont has used the HOCHsitz to expand from here into the immediate environment. As usual in her work, the artist has combined various working techniques and media. New was thereby, that she went from clothing to jewellery and sought her fundamental expression through this medium. Thru the works that unfolded in front of the HOCHsitz on the meadow was created for the first time a direct relationship between environment and the Atelier by SCHMUCK2. A work in public space that involved interested people directly from the path. With her project, the artist has described a new form of jewelry and exemplified a unique approach to the subject of jewellery.

© Drawing and Rendering Martí Guixé

© Photos Pratt Manhattan Gallery New York

»After Wearing: A History of Gestures, Actions, and Jewelry« exhibition contribution in collaboration with T.S. Wendelstein (The Simple Society/75W), Pratt Manhattan Gallery New York, New York/US 

Funded by the Ministry of Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the County Bad Doberan and the MAKRA-Bau GmbH (




reloaded - creative strategies on cars


The exhibition “reloaded” showed works by visual artists and conceptually working designers in the public space of the city of Bad Doberan as well as the car dealership Auto Birne in the same place. The intention was to initiate a multifaceted examination of the subject of the car, in which accepted divisions between art and design are suspended. The relationship between the individual and the car plays a central role. Marti Guixe(ES), BLESS(DE/FR) as well as Valentina Seidel and Susan Pietzsch(DE) dealt with the automobile as a social symbol: The car is seen as a “driving business card”, as it is as close to the driver as his clothes and it also refers to his personality. Another important aspect in this analysis is the car as an object. The formal design of the car is analyzed as it reflects the spirit of the times, design trends and styles. Maik and Dirk Löbbert(DE), Stefan Wischnewski(DE) and BLESS transform existing cars and show a previously undiscovered potential through their artistic manipulations, so that the everyday situation becomes an unusual experience.




GLITZ AND THEN SOME - Things in the Everyday Life of Art


For the realization of a graphic installation at the Plüschow Lounge in October 2007 at the Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus Schloß Plüschow, SCHMUCK2 and Suska Mackert invited 12 international graphic designers and artists to each design a poster under the theme GLITZ AND THEN SOME.

Mackert and SCHMUCK2 were both interested in, how jewellery as a phenomenon is represented by the graphic designers and artists invited such as: Gabi Altevers & Karla Detlefsen(DE), cyan(DE), Daniel Eatock(UK), Hansje van Halem & Michiel Schuurman(NL), Melle Hammer(NL), Kazunari Hattori(JP), Atsuki Kikuchi/ Bluemark Inc.(JP), Jan Kny(DE), Harmen Liemburg(NL), Hiroki Masunari (JP), Jacques et Brigitte(DE), David Reinfurt & Stuart Bailey/ dextersinister (USA).

© Altevers Detlefsen, Gabi Altevers, Karla Detlefsen, based in Berlin, working as graphic designers separate

© cyan, based in Berlin, team of two graphic designers

© Daniel Eatock, based in London, works as artist and graphic designer

© dextersinister, Stuart Bailey, David Reinfurt, based in New York, works as graphic designers 

© Harmen Liemburg, based in Amsterdam, works as graphic designer

© Hiroki Masunari, based in Tokyo, works for Media Tree

© jacquesetbrigitte, based in Berlin, team of two graphic designers

© Jan Kny, based in Hamburg, works for Garcia Media, from 2008 freelance as graphic designer

© Kazunari, Hattori, based in Tokyo, works as graphic designer

© Melle Hammer, based in Amsterdam, works as an artist and graphic designer

© Hansje van Halem, Michiel Schuurman, based in Amsterdam, working as graphic designers

© Atsuki Kikuchi/ Bluemark

In addition to the installation of the posters, three additional visual artists from Germany; Cecile Belmont, Heike Bollig and Stefan Wischnewski were invited for a presentation at the Plüschow Lounge, whose artworks have their origin in the more or less glittering objects of everyday life.

Further presentations of the graphic installation followed together with accessories of the Japanese label minä perhonen during the Berlin Fashion Week in the showroom ybdd as well in the gallery “das Geschäft” in Munich on the occasion of the Sonderschau SCHMUCK at the Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM) in 2008.

12 original posters produced by SCHMUCK2 in cooperation with Suska Mackert.


XS - extra small


XS - extra small


In collaboration with the Neue Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop(DE) and the SFT Gallery at The National Art Center Tokyo(JP), the exhibition focused on the rather small format of jewellery and jewellery objects.
To this end, the exhibition placed an emphasis on the presentation of those.
Presented on the TOP MANTA SYSTEM developed by Spanish ex-designer Marti Guixe, the exhibition featured works by Berlin/Paris-based label BLESS, Dutch jewellery artist Manon van Kouswijk and Austrian jewellery artist Florian Ladstätter. The works and the project were published in a kind of product catalog.

Funded by the Ministry of Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the County Bad Doberan, the County North Pomerania, Petra Steeger and Uli Groß, Monika and Lars Classes.






WRAPPINGHOOD dealt with the surface of objects, people, places and structures. The outer, visual appearance took on a primary function because it guarantees identity and visibility. In the contemporary consumer and media society, every person and every object needs an identity, a “package” as style, in order to be noticed. WRAPPINGHOOD was an artistic attempt to deal with an awareness of the designed and decorated surface as a membrane between inner and outer.

To decorate oneself is a common and widespread phenomenon. This is about a basic need in people to express their personality and individuality by their outer appearance. Jewellery acts as a medium to represent this intersection between body, image and product, to combine visual   and material culture with each other. The project WRAPPINGHOOD extended the traditional concept of jewellery and dissolves the seperation between jewellery, clothes, packaging, decoration and ornament. Jewellery designers and artists were invited not only to deal with the personal and private, but also with the public and societal desire for embellishment, visibility and identity. WRAPPINGHOOD – between art, architecture, fashion, jewellery, design and media.

A collaborative project of mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and SCHMUCK2 in the public space of the city of Middlesbrough, Great Britain.

Included artists: Marti Guixe (ES), Suska Mackert(DE), Susan Pietzsch(DE), Valentina Seidel(DE), Ole Krabbe Poulsen(DK), Rene Schmidt(DK), Ines Tartler(DE) and Aya Tsukioka(JP)


Jewels of the 3rd Millennium


Jewels of the 3rd Millennium - Immaterial Jewellery


An international workshop at the Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow (DE), dedicated to the increasing “dematerialization” and focused on the concept of jewellery against this background under the following questions: ”How does the phenomenon of increasing “dematerialization“ reflect upon the concept of jewellery and our need for jewellery?“, “Can jewellery take on immaterial, ephemeral or virtual forms?“ or “How could the concept for jewellery be defined in a way at the beginning of the 3rd Millennium?“.
By removing the separation between design and art, jewellery research should bring about a new understanding, beyond the usual jewellery context.

The workshop was followed by an exhibition at the Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus Schloß Plüschow in Plüschow, which continued to tour to the Stadtgalerie Kiel in Kiel(DE). Developed in collaboration with art historian Anne Schloen (DE).

Included artists: Elke Nebel(DE), Hannes Gamper(AT), Suska Mackert(DE), Aya Tsukioka(JP), Yuka Oyama(DE), Okamoto Mitsuhiro (JP), Henrik Duncker(FN), Valentina Seidel(DE) and Susan Pietzsch(DE). Opening concert held by Seiji Morimoto(DE).

Funded by the Ministry of Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the County Bad Doberan, the County Northwest Mecklenburg, State capital Kiel, County Northwest Mecklenburg, County Northwest Mecklenburg, State capital of Kiel, Embassy of the Netherlands, FRAME – Finish Fund for Art Exchange, the companies Camper and EuroColor Rostock.




SWITCH - 3x5 Jewellery and Wearable Objects


For an exhibition in summer 2003 at the gallery „Roter Pavillon“ (an important octagonal half-timbered building with a pagoda roof built in 1808/09 by Carl Theodor Severin) three international jewellery artists, Tuija Helena Markonsalo from Finland, Mikiko Minewaki from Japan and Susan Pietzsch from Germany, were invited to select four other artists from their countries to join them in this exhibition of 3×5 artists. The idea was to reflect the position of contemporary jewellery in their respective countries. Opening performance by Marina Konovalova (Moskau/ Rostock).

Participating Artists:
Tomomi Arata, Keiko Kashihara, Mikiko Minewaki, Ryuichiro Nakamura and Tamami Oda from Japan.
Heli Hietala, Eero Hintsanen, Tuija Helena Markonsalo, Kati Nulpponen and Maria Nuutinen from Finland.
Bless, Felix Lindner, peah, Susan Pietzsch and Ines Tartler from Germany.

Additional – SWITCH – an international Symposion took place.
According to the meaning of the word, to “switch” the symposium wanted to relate between different aspects of jewellery. This can be seen as a shift of properties and priorities, between the realm of fashion, art, jewellery and media. Especially the question of these new levels of border crossing shall be examined in the lectures. Several guests, looked at already existing departure points from a variety of perspectives. An open discussion on the emerging effects will follow.

Felix Lindner and Samantha Font Sala / peah(DE/FR)
“Fashion is my Profashion”, homage to Jean Paul Gaultier

Mikiko Minewaki
Jewellery artist and senior lecturer at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Tokyo (JP): „My Works and TV-Heroes in the Daily Life”

Anna Schetelich of Gallery OONA (DE)

„How Does Art Get Applicable/The Search for an Interface”

Ulla Golombek, Head of the Culture Department of the City of Bad Doberan(DE)

Guided tour to the historic illustrated wallpaper, according to the legend of “Amor and Psyche, Apuleius of Madaura, 2nd century A. D.” in the Oval Hall of the Grand Ducal Palace Bad Doberan

Dr. Barbara Maas, art historian and independent author (DE)
„The Same Again Different” About the term “Novelty” in Contemporary Jewellery”

Funded by the Ministry of Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the Stiftung Kulturfonds, the district Bad Doberan and the City of Bad Doberan, the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Finland in Hamburg.