The CCAC Institute presents an exhibition of jewelry and drawings by Klaus Bürgel. This exhibition is Bürgel's first solo exhibition on the West Coast and includes a variety of pendants, necklaces, rings, brooches and earrings in a variety of materials: silver, gold, palladium, pearls, tektites and various precious and semi-precious stones. Drawings and a sculptural relief also are included in the exhibition.
The work of German-born Klaus Bürgel exemplifies an important dimension of late 20th-century jewelry art. Lawrence Rinder, curator of the exhibition and director of the CCAC Institute comments, "In the tradition of the highly influential Munich-based jeweler Hermann Jünger (with whom he studied), Bürgel creates works that are simultaneously austere and emotional. Their formal economy is inspired by natural forms as well as by the powerful simplicity of prehistoric wearable ornaments. This mode of jewelry emphasizes the importance of craft, the highly skilled encounter with materials and processes of making."
Born in Radofzell, Germany, Bürgel studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and apprenticed with Albrecht Münzmay in Mühlacker, Germany. Recent showings of his work include solo exhibitions in Boston and Washington, D.C. and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. He and his wife, artist Kara Walker, currently live and work in Providence, Rhode Island.