12—16 March 2025

(28.02 – 13.04.2024)

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Petrified Essence

Group Exhibition, Gallery Presentation

Herrnstraße 13, 80539 München, Germany

Qi WANG, The Quiet Rhythm, 2023, Polarized light, Crossed polarizers, Monochromatic light, Quartz. Photo Elise A. Skalwold


Opening: 28.02.2024, 18:30-21:00
Event duration: 28.02-13.04.2024, Wed-Sat 13:00-18:00, 03.03.2024, Sun 13:00-18:00

GALERIE SHANGHAI cordially invites you to the refined spectacle of Petrified Essence, a transcendent exhibition seizing the spotlight during Munich Jewellery Week. Five virtuosic female artists—Jiun-You Ou, Qi Wang, Wen-Hsin Lee, Tzu-Yun Hung, and Chung-Yueh Yuan— luminaries nurtured in the artistic crucibles of Munich, Idar-Oberstein, and Pforzheim, converge in a symphony of artistic expression, promising a profound exploration of shared essences within their opulent creations.

This exhibition unfolds as a captivating canvas where masterful strokes paint themes of memory, life, emotion, and identity, revealing a sanctuary where these elements harmoniously meld. Ou, a custodian of cultural heritage, manifests this essence through an ink stone, a relic resonating with calligraphy culture from her homeland. The paradoxical interplay of lightness and vitality within the square-cut stone becomes a testament to her artistry.

Lee, adorned in rings adorned with brushes, symbolises the initiation of life as an artist. Wang contemplates her relationship with jewellery through its shadows. Yuan, with meticulous precision, delves into the study of media characteristics, exploring invisible threads that connect the visual and the imaginary. Their work redefines the symbiotic relationship between jewellery and the human experience, transcending conventional boundaries.

In this mesmerising tapestry, Hung’s ‘Identity’ emerges as a poignant masterpiece. Forged from metals and papers collected during migration, it encapsulates the scars and adaptations of a life reborn. ‘Petrified Essence’ unfurls a third layer of petrified essences, transcending individual traces and beckoning connoisseurs to partake in the collective resonance within the remarkable artistic odyssey of these extraordinary artists.

Jiun-You OU received her MFA in Gemstone and Jewellery from Trier University of Applied Sciences. OU’s long-term work has earned her a place in the art jewellery field, where she has received various awards and grants, such as the Grassi Prize 2023, Justus Brinckmann Award 2022, State Prize for Arts and Crafts Rhineland-Palatinate, and TALENTE 2014.


Qi WANG also graduated in Gemstone and Jewellery from Trier University of Applied Sciences with an MFA. WANG’s works have been selected in exhibitions and fellowships such as Contemporary Art Biennale 2017, and DAAD Scholarship 2016. In addition to her artworks, she has been officially registered as a European & German Gemologist, and a fellow of the German Gemological Association since 2018.


Wen-Hsin LEE received her BA in Fine Art from National Taiwan University of Arts, studied in Art Jewellery from Academy of Fine Arts of Munich and founded her own studio for jewellery in 2019.


Tzu-Yun HUNG is a qualified German jewellery designer, received her BA in Jewellery Design from Pforzheim University and is studying Art Jewellery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Her works have been selected for BKV-Prize 2023, Friedrich Becker Preis 2020, etc. and her work “Identität 02” became a part of the collection of Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim.


Chung-Yueh YUAN received her BA in Applied Arts from Fu Jen Catholic University and is now studying Art Jewellery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Her works have been selected for BKV-Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts.