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Gabi Dziuba & Friends

25 February through 26 May 2024

Curated by Cornelie Holzach, Vera Gliem, Elisabeth Heine and Stephan Strsembski;
in collaboration with Pforzheim's Arts Association

Matches or tablet cartons, coins, beans or letters of the alphabet, cast in gold or silver and slightly modified – Gabi Dziuba uses anything as a source of inspiration for her jewellery. The results of her experiments with shapes and materials are rigorously inventive, refreshingly unconventional, austerely minimalistic, glamorously sparkling, and progressively modern. Friendships, such as with Günther Förg for example, have a fundamental influence on her artistic work. Hence, the exhibition showed not only Gabi Dziuba’s jewellery from all her creative periods, but also pieces developed in collaboration with artist friends of hers, as well as a representative selection of their works. It gave an impression of the entire spectrum of her oeuvre for the first time. Created over the course of her 40-year career, it testified to her liberal approach to the interdisciplinary influences from the art, music and fashion worlds. On view in the year of Ornamenta 2024, the exhibition harkened back to Ornamenta I in 1989 because the then zeitgeist and the blurred boundaries between jewellery, design and art had a formative effect on Gabi Dziuba.

Artists featured
Monika Baer, Dirk Bell, Alexandra Bircken, Manfred Bischoff, Gabi Dziuba, Günther Förg, Karl Fritsch, Thilo Heinzmann, Axel Hütte, Andy Hope 1930, Teresa Iten, Martin Kippenberger, Kalin Lindena, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Christian Philipp Müller, Markus Oehlen, Tobias Rehberger, Henning Strassburger, JanTimme, Daniel Topka, Marcus Weber, Joseph Zehrer, Heimo Zobernig

Exhibition catalogue
Cornelie Holzach (ed.): Gabi Dziuba & Friends. 208 pages, 23 x 30 cm, hardcover, approx. 250 ills., German/English, ISBN 978-3-89790-714-0, € 38
With contributions by Vera Gliem, Christian Nagel, Stephan Strsembski as well as an interview between Gabi Dziuba and Christian Malycha

Exhibition trailer

© Frederic Leitzke, editude pictures,