Margit Jäschke

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German-born Margit Jäschke is a visual artist who specializes in collage. She also makes compelling jewelry that displays the same aesthetic integrity as her larger works. Using materials as disparate as metal, corrugated cardboard, epoxy, and semi-precious stones, she creates brooches and necklaces, which are unlike any other. Jäschke, an inspiring teacher in her own right, received a diploma from Burg Giebechenstein Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Halle, Germany, where she studied in the Sculpture Department’s renowned jewelry program with masters Renate Heintze and Dorothea Prühl. Jäschke has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, internationally, among them Something Old Something New, 8th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea (2013); Schmuck, Munich, Germany (2011, 2013); and Schmuck für Halle – Halle für Schmuck, Kunstverein “Talstrasse,” Halle, Germany (2013). Her work is represented in many museum collections including The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey; Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig; and Stiftung-Moritzburg Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle.

“Margit Jäschke – Kairos” e-catalog

In the largest solo exhibition to date, with over 230 works, Jäschke deliberately and dynamically plays with proportions and dimensions in her work. Flat brooches claim more space when put on pedestals, while smaller brooches look like wearable paintings. The exhibition architecture, designed by Jäschke herself, echoes the interplay between flat and voluminous, fragile and robust elements, lending the pieces on view a complex yet lyrical air. The subtitle of the exhibition, “Kairos”, is emblematic of Jäschke’s oeuvre: Kairos is the Greek god of the auspicious moment that begs to be seized. If one asks Jäschke about the “common thread” running through her work, she does not instantly cite ideas, concepts, materials or processes but rather the notion of this “favourable moment”.

“Margit Jäschke – Kairos” at the MK&G is the last stop for the exhibition, which has already been shown at the Grassi Museum of Applied Arts in Leipzig and the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum in Pforzheim, Germany.

Brooch 2018, silver gold plated, epoxy
Brooch 2018, silver gold plated, epoxy, emeralds
Brooch 2019, silver, epoxy, silver gold plated, citrine
Brooch 2018 ,steel, epoxy
Brooch, 2015, silver, epoxy, aquamarine

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