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NEWS FROM THE PERMIAN
 
international contemporary jewellery artists and the Chemnitz Petrified Forest
 
A joint project between
the Chemnitz Museum of Natural History
and the Chemnitz Association of Artists
 
 
NEWS FROM THE PERMIAN
− 291 Million Years of Natural History
The conceptual focus of the Chemnitz Museum of Natural History is its remarkable collection of siliceous wood. There are some 7000 exhibits, which range from microscopic sections to tree trunks weighting several tons. They represents an outstanding collection of anatomically preserved petrifacts of plants from diverse parts of the world and geological ages.

The main emphasis of the siliceous wood collection are the geological !nds from the Permian period found around Chemnitz. This collection has grown out of several scientifcally important smaller collections over a period of three hundred years. It was a sensation in former times and still has some mysteries today.

The !rst scienti!c descriptions of NEWS FROM THE PERMIAN can be traced back to Carl Sprengel and Heinrich Cotta. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was also very impressed. In the 19th Century, scientists from many universities and museums came to study and write on these fossils.

Current research on the occurrence, formation, fossil content and palaeobiology of the petri!ed forest is still derived from the original concept of the collection. The study of Permian tree ferns found in Chemnitz has produced some important discoveries on the nature of epiphytia and climbers. They grew under the protection of dense air roots along the stems of tree ferns. The sensational discovery in Chemnitz, the largest Permian horsetail tree ever found, caused a major scienti!c rethink as to its botanical genus. The !nd was nominated “Fossil of the Year 2012” by the German Palaeontological Society.
 
 
Theme and Purpose of the Project
The project NEWS FROM THE PERMIAN shall form part of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of TIETZ whereby the Chemnitz Petri!ed Forest, a remarkable local geological feature, will provide the contextual framework for current international jewellery design.

The fascinating aesthetic qualities of this 291million year old silici!ed wood shall be the inspirational focus for artists from seven di"erent countries. The artistic outcomes of this project shall be displayed in the permanent exhibition of the Chemnitz Museum of Natural History in a high quality modern setting and shall serve to direct attention to the sheer beauty of these petri!ed stones while at the same time presenting an impelling dialogue between art and nature.

We know of artifacts such as jewellery and little boxes, made from the petri!ed forest even when it was !rst discovered nearly three hundred years ago. Modern, experimental designs for using this impressive material shall now seamlessly append new chapters to this arts and crafts history. Working in collaboration, the Chemnitz Association of Artists and the Chemnitz Natural History Museum shall explore new thematic links between the retrospective insights of Natural History and contemporary artistic projects.
   
Objectives  
The work of eleven well-known jewellery artists from six European countries, as well as one guest from Israel shall provide valuable insights into current aesthetic and technological trends in international arts and crafts which, in turn, shall make this genre better known in Chemnitz and the region. The various cultural backgrounds of the participants, together with their very individual approaches and interpretations of the theme are likely to bring a wide diversity of results.

The art treasures made from petrified wood will first be displayed at the Museum of Natural History Chemnitz. In addition to generating international interest in the jewellery objects and their creators, the quality of the artistic work shall also serve to highlight and publicise the unique character of the Chemnitz Petrified Forest to a wider audience.

The organisers are currently making arrangements to exhibit the workshop results in other locations, e.g. the “Grassimesse” in Leipzig.

The organisers intend this project to be the springboard for a series of subsequent artistic workshops centred around the Chemnitz Petrified Forest, con!dent that its unique beauty will continue to inspire further cooperation between jewellery artists, craftsmen/women and artists of other genres too.
   
   
   
Participants  
       
Beate von Appen, Germany

Beate Eismann, Germany

       
Birgit Laken, Netherlands

Prof. Deganit Stern Schocken, Israel

       
Flora Vagi, Hungary

Prof. Georg Dobler, Germany

       
Heike Lau, Germany

Margit Jäschke, Germany

       
Mari Ishikawa, Japan/ Germany

Märta Mattsson, Sweden

       
Martin Papcun, Slowakia

   
   
   
   
Schedule  
exhibitions:
30.10.2013 - 05.01. 2014 Exhibition at the Chemnitz Museum of Natural History
25. - 27.10. 2013 Special Exhibition at the Grassimesse Leipzig
GRASSI, Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig
   
   
   
  Organisers/ Contacts

Chemnitz Museum of Natural History
DASTIETZ
Moritzstraße 20, 09111 Chemnitz,
vice director: Dr. Thorid Zierold
info@naturkunde-chemnitz.de
www.naturkunde-chemnitz.de

Chemnitz Association of Artists
Moritzstraße 19, 09111 Chemnitz
info@ckbev.de
www.ckbev.de

curator/ project leadership
Prof. Ines Bruhn
Schloßstraße 12, 09111 Chemnitz
info@inesbruhn.de
www.inesbruhn.de

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