The Silver Triennial is a three-yearly international competition organized by the German Association for Goldsmithing (Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst) and the German Goldsmiths’ House Hanau (Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau). No fewer than 123 artists from 19 countries took part in the 19th edition. Belgium is represented by David Huycke and Helena Schepens.
Over the last 55 years what began in 1965 as a local exhibition about silver has become Europe’s most prestigious silver competition. The organizers of the Silver Triennial are looking to draw attention to and promote silversmithing today by showcasing new design ideas for hollow- and flatware. Objects like vases, dishes and cutlery illustrate the trends and innovations in silversmithing in terms of concept, technique and design. Eight dinner tables provide the setting for the silver exhibits. Particularly striking in this edition are smaller objects that are both decorative and technically refined. Design takes precedence over function: what appear to be normal utility objects would in practice prove less suited to the purpose. Silver as a material is elevated to an art form.
As well as displaying the winning objects, the (online) exhibition at DIVA showcases the designers and the innovative techniques they used. DIVA is challenging visitors to reflect on their use of silver objects.