Otto Kunzli. Gold Makes You Blind bracelet, 1980. Synthetic rubber and 18K gold.

LECTURE: Otto Künzli

February 5, 2017

As one of the defining voices in contemporary jewellery today, Otto Künzli’s reputation and influence is well known to Canadians. We are thrilled to invite Otto back to Toronto (it only took us 27 years!) and Harbourfront Centre. We are looking forward to hearing Otto lecture about his present, past and future work with his characteristic humour and good sense.

We want to thank NSCAD University for partnering with us to make it all happen.

– Melanie Egan, Director of Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre

Lecture Details

Lecture Title: CinemaScope

Location: Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Date & Time: Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 3pm-5pm

Tickets: General $13.50 / Students & Seniors $9 / BUY NOW


The Swiss-born, Munich-based artist, Otto Künzli is one of the greats in contemporary art jewellery today. His remarkable career has spanned 5 decades wherein he has created iconic and signature works that define and shape the art jewellery field. Otto’s work is hard hitting social and political commentary, emboldened with humour, wit and sophistication. His 1980s gold and rubber bracelet, Gold Macht Blind (Gold Makes You Blind) is a tour de force that continues to resonate today; a profound commentary on value and perception.

A highly influential teacher and mentor, he was the director of the Jewellery Department at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich from 1991 to 2014 and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London, Department for Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery 2008-2012.

He has an impressive international exhibition record Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, the USA, Canada and more; and his work has been collected by Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; LACMA, Los Angeles County, USA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia; and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan, to name but a few.

Making & Thinking: Contemporary Craft & Design Series

This dynamic series addresses current topics of significance and interest within the contemporary craft and design field by inviting artists, curators and writers who are spearheading contemporary practice.