The Swiss Otto Künzli (born in 1948) revolutionised modern jewellery design and is regarded as 'one of the most intelligent and at the same time most critical artists in the world of jewelry.’ Ralph Turner: The New Jewelry, 1985/1994.
Over the course of his involvement with jewellery, spanning around 50 years, Otto Künzli achieved a unique status as an artist and pioneer, and also as an author and teacher, with widespread international influence. Renowned artists such as Karen Pontoppidan, Karl Fritsch, David Bielander and Lisa Walker are amongst the graduates of the jewellery class at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, which Künzli directed since 1991 as successor to Hermann Jünger.
1972 Swiss Applied Arts prize
1976 Werkpreis, Schule für Gestaltung, Zürich
1977 Dr. Herbert Hpffmann-Preis, Munich
1978 Swiss Applied Art prize
1980 Fine Art Award, Munich
1981 Swiss Applied Art prize
1987 ‘Förderpreis’ award for applied art, City of Munich
1990 Françoise van den Bosch Fundation Award, the Nederlands
Public Collections (Selection)
Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main. Die Neue Sammlung, Museum für angewandte Kunst, München. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München. Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim. Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove. Glasgow. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The Detroit Art Institute, American Craft Museum, Donna Schneier Collection, New York. Israelmuseum, Jérusalem. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbjourne. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.