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Booth G11
Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, Switzerland
Preview Day: Monday, June 12, 2023
Public Show Days: Tuesday, June 13 / Sunday, June 18, 2023

Galleria Antonella Villanova, together with the artists and designers represented by the gallery, will show two focuses specially made for the 17th edition of Design Miami/Basel.

Bernhard Schobinger

Bernhard Schobinger has always investigated the area between the applied arts and the visual arts.
The beginnings are marked by the influence of Constructivist art, especially Zurich Concrete Art, and the personal relationships with Max Bill and Richard Paul Lohse.
In his later work, from the 1970s onwards, affinities with Dada and Arte Povera are discernible. The language of the anti-aesthetics of Punk and New Wave finds expression in large objects and jewelry.
Bernard Shobinger created in antithesis with traditional jewelry, “wearable sculptures”, casting in precious materials, discarded objects: pieces of metal, wood, plastic, barks.
He thus demolished the idea of jewelry as a status symbol and loaded it with a value linked to nature, the quotidian, the human.
The preciousness is in the find object and its memory, in the object cast to be something else: ring, bracelet, necklace.
Bernhard Schobinger’s works made in different periods will be presented together with two works by Annelies Štrba, a Swiss multidisciplinary artist who works mainly with photography, video and animation.
In the two photos that will be shown, Sonja, wears two necklaces by Bernhard Schobinger.

Annelies Štrba, Sonja mit Halsschmuck, pigment print on canvas, cm 150 x 100, Ed. 1/3

Annelies Strba, “Sonja mit Sägenkette”, pigment print on canvas, cm 150 x 100, Ed. 1/3

Crucifix Ring 2023, smoky quarts engraved, gold750


Dagegen erscheint Bernhard Schobingers »Alte Zahnbürste« → Abb. 8 auf den ersten Blick alles andere als glamourös. Doch ist der Armreif, dessen Oberfläche eine Patina des Verfalls suggeriert, aus feinem Silber, Email und Malachit gefertigt. Aus den schmucken Form- und Wortspielen blitzt etwas Subversives auf. Man fragt sich »Was ist wahr?« und fühlt sich an René Magrittes »La trahison des images« (Der Verrat der Bilder) aus dem Jahr 1929 erinnert, 11 wo eine Pfeife mit dem Schriftzug Ceci n’est pas une pipe (Dies ist keine Pfeife) abgebildet ist.


Erschienen im Arnoldsche Verlag

ISBN 978-3-89790-670-9