On December 4th the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig opens the first retrospective dedicated to one of Germany’s most important and influential silversmiths, goldsmiths and glass designers Werner Bünck.
Following the completion of his gold and silversmith training Werner Bünck spent three years working as a designer in the glass industry before concentrating on a career as a freelance designer; principally working with metals.
And then disapproving the theory that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, in 2004 Werner Bünck produced his first ceramic pieces, a medium that is now the primary focus of his work.
Often reminiscent of objects from a Bauhaus Vorkurs, Werner Bünck’s work is defined by a perfectly paired down form language; objects reduced to their basic forms and thus perfectly defining the link between form and function.
In addition Bünck has held numerous teaching posts, most notably serving as Professor for metal design at the Fachhochschule Hildesheim from 1981-2009, in addition to shorter tenures at the Fachhochschule in Düsseldorf and the Royal College of Art London.
Metal.Ceramic.Stone features over 200 pieces from across Werner Bünck’s oeuvre and promises to allow the visitor the chance to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between his approach to the various materials and genres.
Metal.Ceramic.Stone: Werner Bünck – Retrospective runs from December 4th 2011until March the 4th 2012
The opening takes place on Sunday 04.12.2011 at 2pm
Full details can be found at www.grassimuseum.de/