Hermann Jünger


March 11 - April 13, 2021

Hermann Jünger is known for his gold jewelry. In the 1950s, he created jewelry pieces that were far removed from the conventional designs of the time, which aimed to show off the wearer’s external wealth. Jünger played with gemstones, lines, enamel colors, hallmarks, bars, and archaic-looking marks, leaving a great deal of room for chance and lightness in the design process. As a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, he had a great influence on subsequent jewelry artists.
In 1970 he turned to a material that was completely untypical for him. He designed necklaces and brooches made of acrylic glass, which were to be mass-produced and sold in department stores. Jünger had become aware of the subject of costume jewelry through a commission from the Gablonz industry, which had approached the artist at the end of the 1960s with the aim of promoting the costume jewelry industry based in Neugablonz. Jünger used only elements made of plastic for his V-jewelry series. Colored acrylic glass plates, circles, squares, rectangles, formed the basis for his compositions. The variety of jewelry pieces ranges from large necklaces in neon colors to architecturally constructed brooches in white and gray. On the art market, jewelry pieces from the V-jewelry series are rare. We are showing the exhibition ‘Hermann Jünger – 50 Years of V-Jewellery’ as part of the Munich Jewellery Week until 20.03.2020 in the gallery. The works are also available afterwards.