18th Silver Triennial 6 nov 2016 - 12 jan 2017

The German Goldsmiths’ House in Hanau will be presenting the exhibition 18th Silver Triennial. The Silver Triennial is one of the most important international competitions in the area of silversmithing and metal design. This year 138 artists from 24 nations participated in the main and youth competitions. The jury selected seven works as prizewinners and 77 objects by 65 artists for the exhibition. The wealth of ideas is expressed in materials, techniques, and concepts with regard to subject matter.

In the Main Competition, the first prize was awarded to the silversmith Eelco Veenman from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, whose object, The Utah teapot, dented/distorted (silver is a virtual material), convinced the jury.
The second prize went to David Bielander from Munich, the third prize to Ludwig Menzel from Berlin.


The Utah Teapot, dented/distorted (silver is a virtual material) 935/000 zilver, totally PUK welded, 26 x 16 x 13 cm, 2016
Awarded first prize in the main competition, 18th Silver Triennial


In the Youth Promotion Competition, the jury awarded the first prize to Sanghoon Kim from South Korea, for the work: The Expression of Nature Images with Time-Related Characteristics / Memoir_Drops, the second prize to Yu-Chun Chang from Taiwan, and the third prize to Anna Vlahos from Greece, the fourth prize to Tobias Mendoza from Mainz, Germany.

The exhibition pieces, some consisting of multiple parts, cover a broad spectrum of forms and impressively reflect the current trends in the silversmith scene. In addition to nonfunctional objects, there are utilitarian works which include forged pitchers, bowls with a crystalline surface, and dining utensils made from recycled knife blades.

The Silver Triennial has been organized by the Association for Goldsmiths’ Art in cooperation with the City of Hanau every three years since 1968. It invites established artists as well as artists of the following generation to submit their ideas on functional hollow- and flatware and function-free objects.
At first it was limited to the European countries; but since 1992, it has been aimed at artists from across the globe.

The monetary prizes for the 18th Silver Triennial, with a total of 19,500 euros were donated by the Salem artist Ebbe Weiss-Weingart, the Lion’s Club of Hanau, as well as the firms Robbe & Berking, Flensburg, and Heimerle + Meule, Pforzheim.

This year, the members of the jury were Paul Derrez, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam; Dr. Wolfgang Schepers, Director (ret.), Museum August Kestner, Hannover; and Bruno Sievering-Tornow, master silver- and goldsmith and instructor at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau.

Thanks to generous support from numerous patrons and sponsors, a bilingual catalog (German/English) by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, will accompany the exhibition. This publication has 200 pages and 100 color illustrations.

Upcoming Venues:
Jan. 26 - Apr. 9, 2017: Museum voor Edelsmeedkunst, Juwelen en Diamant, Antwerp
Apr. 23 - July 2, 2017: Silberwarenmuseum Ott-Pausersche Fabrik, Schwäbisch Gmünd
July 23 - Oct. 1, 2017: Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre, Flensburg
Oct. 29 - Jan. 21, 2018: Museum Zons, Dormagen

The German Goldsmiths’ House is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Guided tours on Sunday: 11/20 & 12/11; 3:00 - 4:00 pm.
Jewellery art during lunch-time: 11/16, 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Further guided tours can be booked.

The prizewinning artists will receive their awards at the exhibition opening on Sunday, November 6, beginning at 11:30 am



935/000 zilver, lengte 50 cm, 2014
particuliere collectie


Afterimage (I) Silver is a ghost-material, 935/000 zilver, boek, zilverpoets, pijnstillers en kunststof lepeltje, 2015

Also selected for the 18th Silver Triennial



Afterimage (I) Silver is a ghost-material, detail



Precious Box, 935/000 zilver, 21 x 16 x 11 cm, 2015
particuliere opdracht



set of pretenders
Set of Pretenders, 935/000 zilver, hoogte 27 cm, 2012
collectie Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven



pretenders detail
Set of Pretenders (detail)



silverspoonSilver Spoon, 935/000 zilver, verftube, lengte 25 cm, 2012
collectie Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam



book lock closedBook lock, closed (II) Desperate attempt of a dutch windmill beaker, 935/000 zilver and boek, 2016
particuliere collectie



boekslotBook lock, closed (Silver Application), 935/000 zilver en zilverlexicon, 2012
collectie Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven
collectie Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam



Painkillers (Silver Apllication), 935/000 zilver en catalogus SSA, 2012
particuliere collectie

Molenblusser (Silver Application), 935/000 zilver en gecoat aluminium, hoogte 54 cm, 2012
collectie Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven



Smartphone, marker and glasses (Silver Application), 935/000 zilver, 2012
collectie Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven



urban miner
Urban Miner (Silver Application), 935/000 zilver, laptop, 2012
collectie Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam



numbered tools
Numbered tools (Silver Application), 925/000 zilver, acrylhars, aluminium en paletmessen, 2012
particuliere collectie



Flutes (Silver Application), 935/000 zilver en blokfluiten, 2012



Zilversmidsnoodgereedschap, verf, staal en hout, 2012



Schetsvoorstel voor het aanbrengen van een doneerkluis voor zilver in de gevel van het Zilvermuseum, 2012


Pocketknife (form to carry), 935/000 zilver, kunststof, 2010



Hammer and nails, hout en staal 2010



Translucent tools, kunststof, 2010



draagbare thuiskomset
Draagbare thuiskomset, staal, hout, kunststof, 1997



opstelling met grijs kastje
Opstelling met grijs kastje, kabelverdeelkast, glas water, narcissenposter, parkbanken (genummerd), grind, 1995


vorm2sieraden/objecten 2005 tot 2011....


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