Becker, Friedrich

Becker, Friedrich

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Friedrich Becker (1922 – 1997)
born 25th May 1922 in Ende near Hagen, Germany
1936 – 1939 Apprenticeship as an engine fitter in Düsseldorf
1940 – 1942 Studies at the School for Aeronautical Engineering in Thorn/Weichsel
1946 – 1948 Apprenticeship as a gold- and silversmith in Iserlohn
1948 – 1951 Studies and graduation at the Werkkunstschule Düsseldorf
1952 Qualifies as a master goldsmith | opens his own workshop in Düsseldorf |becomes assistant to Professor Karl Schollmayer at the Werkkunstschule Düsseldorf | marries Hildegard Kückelmann
1964 Head of the Department of Metalwork (gold and silver) at the Werkkunstschule Düsseldorf
1973 Appointed professor at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf (University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf)
1982 Retirement from his professorship
1997 Friedrich Becker dies in Düsseldorf
1999 The Friedrich Becker Prize is awarded for the first time

Selected Exhibitions:
1951 Deutscher Goldschmiede-Kongress, Düsseldorf
1960 ‘Altes und neues Handwerk’, Cologne
1961 ‘International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery, 1890 – 1961’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
1962 ‘Deutsches Kunsthandwerk’, Cologne, Ostend
1964 Werkbund Exhibition, Berlin
1965 ‘The Art of Personal Adornment’, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York
1966 Goldsmiths’ Hall, London (solo exhibition)
1967 EXPO, Montreal
1968 International Bijouterie Exhibition, Jablonec
1971 ‘Gold + Silber, Schmuck + Gerät von Albrecht Dürer bis zur Gegenwart’, Nuremberg
1972 ‚Sieraad 1900 – 1972 – Eerste Triennale‘, Amersfoort
1972 ‘Friedrich Becker, Schmuck und Kinetische Objekte’, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau (solo
exhibition)
1975 ‘500 Years of Jewellery’, Tokyo
1980 ‘Friedrich Becker – Schmuck und Kinetik’, Galerie am Graben, Vienna (solo exhibition)
1993 ‚Friedrich Becker, Bruno  Martinazzi, Hermann Jünger‘, Electrum Gallery, London


Selected Honours and Awards:
1959 Bavarian State Prize, Munich
1960 First prize in the international competition ‘The silver candlestick’
1965 State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf
1969 Second prize in the international competition ‘The golden bracelet’, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
1970 First prize in the competition ‘Prix Jeunesse International’, Munich
1971 Honorary Member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London
1972 Awarded the Ring of Honour of the German Association for Goldsmiths’ Art, Hamburg (today Hanau)
1973 Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Grand Cross 1st class)
1987 Deutscher Schmuck- und Edelsteinpreis, Idar-Oberstein
1990 Honorary Member of ‘Forum für Schmuck und Design’, Cologne
1997 Chosen to receive an Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art, London

Works in Public and Private Collections (selection):
Kunstgewerbemuseum SMPK (Museum of Applied Arts) , Berlin
Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf
Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Decorative Arts), Köln
Museum für Kunsthandwerk (Museum of Applied Arts), Frankfurt a. M.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Art and Industrial Arts), Hamburg
Kestner Museum, Hannover
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
Neue Sammlung des Staatlichen Museum für Angewandte Kunst München, Munich
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal
MAK – Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna
Danner Stiftung, Munich
Collection Boulen, Amsterdam
Collection Inge Asenbaum, Vienna
Collection Mikimoto, Tokyo

 

“When he was awarded the Ehrenring (Ring of Honour) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (German Company of Goldsmiths) in Hanau Castle in 1972, Friedrich Becker, just 50 years old, was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest goldsmiths of his time. True to tradition he was elected by former, but still living, Ehrenringholders such as Franz Rickert, Elisabeth Treskow, Sigurd Persson, Max Fröhlich and Hermann Jünger. With him a gold and silversmith became a leading figure who not only introduced new forms to the art of jewellery-making but also the use of stainless steel and synthetic gems, as well as adding a kinetic element to jewellery.” (Becker, Hildegard (ed.): Friedrich Becker. Schmuck. Kinetik. Objekte. // Friedrich Becker. Jewellery. Kinetic. Objects. Stuttgart 1997, p. 14)

 

Literature (selected):
- Becker, Hildegard (ed.): Friedrich Becker. Schmuck. Kinetik. Objekte. // Friedrich Becker. Jewellery. Kinetic. Objects. Stuttgart 1997.
- Falk, Fritz; Holzach, Cornelie: Schmuck der Moderne // Modern Jewellery 1960-1998. Bestandskatalog // Inventory Catalogue Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, 1999.
- Chadour, Anna Beatriz; Joppien, Rüdiger: Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Köln - Schmuck II – Fingerringe. Catalogues of the Museum for Applied Arts Cologne, vol. X, Cologne 1985.
- Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen: Friedrich Becker. Schmuck – Silbergerät – Kinetische Objekte 1951-1983. Cat. Exhib. 10.02.1984 – 1.04.1984 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Essen 1984.

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