“The strangest thing about a hole is its edge. It's still part of the Something, but it constantly overlooks the Nothing - a border guard of matter. Nothingness has no such guard; while the molecules at the edge of a hole get dizzy because they are staring into a hole, the molecules of the hole get...firmy? There's no word for it. For our language was created by the Something people; the Hole people speak a language of their own.” Kurt Tucholsky, "The Social Psychology of Holes," 1931

Hear Munich-based jeweller and object-maker, Peter Bauhuis, give a public talk about his practice in conjunction with his solo exhibition at The National in Christchurch from 23 November 2018.

Peter Bauhuis trained as a jeweller at the Munich Academy for Fine Arts under Otto Künzli, and was appointed the prestigious title Meisterschüler (Master Student) in 1999. Since then, Bauhuis has been based in Munich, frequently exhibiting and teaching internationally. He taught at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence for ten years. In 2013 he was awarded the highly esteemed prize of 17th International Silver Triennial in Hanau, Germany. Bauhuis’ work has been collected by public institutions in Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, France and the USA.

Bauhuis conceives of exhibitions that operate as artworks themselves or Gesamtkusntwerk (total work of art) that challenge the viewer within the context of the exhibition environment. Alongside this, Bauhuis’ publications can be seen as autonomous artworks. One of his publications, ABECEDARIUM, presents a wide-spectrum of his work within a format that becomes a piece of art in itself.

He is also in New Zealand for teaching workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin courtesy of The National and Creative New Zealand.

Booking is limited. Book your tickets to this free event here.

Peter Bauhuis, Flavedo brooch/pendant, 2018. Cast tumbaga, depletion gilded. Image: Peter Bauhuis.

Peter Bauhuis, Grand Blob Chain - necklace, 2014. Copper, silver, bronze; image of front and back. All beads are separately cast in lost wax casting. The sprues for the process for the delicate back of the beads. Image: Peter Bauhuis.

Peter Bauhuis, Chains and Flowers Chain - Chained, 2017. Gold. Image: Peter Bauhuis.