Alexander Blank is a contemporary jewellery artist based in Munich, Germany. He considers jewellery as a language through personal/social coding in public and his interest in this art form is beyond the classical representation of status and wealth or other expressions of human vanity.
“Jewellery has a lot more to offer beside a confirmation of stereotypical role models. Since it is directly without compromise connected to the wearer it is very interesting in terms of participation – it becomes a communicator in the triad of maker, wearer and observer.”
Alexander Blank asks himself what could, should or can be communicated today? And how can it be expressed through jewelry? This has science-fictional or utopian quality to him, to imagine how a change of physical appearance of a person by using other symbols and codings in jewelry could influence public life and human interactions. Privatly. Personally. Politically.
Alexander Blank attended the Academy of Fine Arts Munich (2004-2010) and since then his work finds international recognition and he participated in several exhibitions, mostly in the Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Japan, Korea and Germany, and his first solo exhibition was in Gothenburg, Sweden (2010). Accompanying his art practice he is also interested in teaching and gave workshops and lectures in USA, Japan and Germany. He was a Co-Curator of the jewelry-collection at the Pinakothek der Moderne-the Design Museum, Munich (2020) He received international prices and the Herbert-Hoffmann-Price in 2012 and his works are featured in many private and public collections, including the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinborough (UK), the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (NL), the Kestner Museum, Hanover (DE), the MAD Museum, New York (USA) and others.