Zurich, Switzerland born 1946

Rauchquarz-Goldkette [necklace] 2009 Place made: Richterswil, Zurich, Z├╝rich canton, Switzerland
Materials & Technique: jewellery, necklaces, smoky quartz, 750 gold

Dimensions: variable 25.0 h x 20.0 w x 4.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2010
Accession No: NGA 2010.592
  • Bernhard Schobinger, an accomplished goldsmith, combines found objects and industrial detritus with precious stones and other materials, often using sharp, jagged and broken materials to explore the physical metaphor of pain and mortification. His work also addresses the notions of eroticism, romanticism and sharp, streetwise chic in the form of personal adornment, acting as a moral narrative in a world where crime, violence and exploitation underpins wealth and prosperity. This work, with its almost grotesquely over-scaled gemstones and deliberately ‘primitive’ goldwork, has a violent energy and commanding presence when worn directly on the skin.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design