9–15 March 2020

(11.03 – 15.03.2020)



Caroline Broadhead (UK), Catarina Silva (FR/PT), Daniel Kruger (ZA/DE), Felieke van der Leest (NL/NO), Joyce J. Scott (USA), Manon van Kouswijk (NL), Sari Liimatta (FI), Sébastien Carré (FR), Walka Studio (CL)

Kaulbachstraße 13, 80539 München, Germany

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Welcome drink 12.03 17:00-21:00

Wed 11:00-19:00, Thu 11:00-21:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-19:00, Sun 14:00-19:00

Beads are among the most archaic objects known.
Whether linked to commercial transactions and market values, or as exchange currency for the passage to the next life, part of religious rituals or symbols of social status, they can “tell the history of humanity” through their many shapes, materials, sizes and uses.

Felieke van der Leest, “The end” 2012, brooch and object, seed beads and toy, Photo@ Eddo Hartmann
Caroline Broadhead, "Strength in Numbers", 2015, necklace, glass beads, nylon, Photo@ Jack Cole

Over the centuries, beads became increasingly popular in the five continents, to the point of being regarded as almost banal – and thus losing ground as work material in the field of visual arts, particularly in jewellery.

Daniel Kruger, Untitled, 2018, necklace, cotton and silk cloth, glass beads, Photo@ Thilo Härdtlein, Courtesy of Galerie Biró
Joyce J. Scott, “Hiding Neckpiece”, 2013, neckpiece, woven glass beads, Photo@ Jordan Davis Robles, Courtesy of Mobilia Gallery

The exhibition entitled “Beaded” aims at bringing back to light this history-laden material by presenting nine international artists who, at some point in their creative path, explored its plastic potential and made it their material of election.

Manon van Kouswijk, “Making Faces - a jewellery playbook”, 2018, 1 plastic necklace in 8 appearances, Photo@ Fred Kroh
Sari Liimatta, ”The Grey”, 2018, necklace, glass beads, hematite, marble, metal pins, rutilated quartz, a plastic toy and wire, Photo@ Sari Liimatta
Sébastien Carré, “I am a landscape” 2018, necklace, green garnet, agate, malachite, turquoise, lapis-lazuli, hyolite, shell, natural pearls, seed beads, Photo@ Milo Lee
Walka Studio (Claudia Betancourt + Nano Pulgar), “WALKA”, 2004-2019, necklace, hoxhorn, silver, thread, Photo@ Karen Clunes, Courtesy of ATTA Gallery
Catarina Silva

BEADED is Curated by Catarina Silva and the text is written by Catarina Silva.