OPEN CALL_MUNICH_JEWLERY_WEEK_2019_The Sacred & The Profane


Art has always been connected to magic and mysteries.

The sacred, mythology and religion have been the source which art canalized into magical symbols, practices and rituals – suggesting solace for existential agony and aspiring collectivities to bond, dare, create, flourish.

In archaic times, religion, cult and rite was experienced as a fundament of social life.
We can hardly imagine now – in our fragmented, rational and highly commercialized world -how it felt to be “connected” to each other without internet.

Movements, ornaments, words and objects outlined the sacred and the profane. For hundreds of years, both sides of life had been inextricably linked, according to Mircea Eliade, 20th century’s most influencial historian of religion.

The art project “The Sacred & The Profane” focuses on and examines rituals, symbols, objects and practices that still prevail – often disguised as trivialities – in our rational, consumption oriented and medialized world.

In cooperation with Galerie Weltraum Munich we present a group show that will serve as a compass to those looking for meaning in contemporary jewellery and design.

“The Sacred & The Profane” project consists of two parts:

Part I. Arcadia

A four day Intensive workshop in Performance/Story Telling/ Symbols & Mysteries/Objects’ Cultural History in Arcadia_Greece (January 2019). Participants experience concepts of archaic thought and faith and retrieve the traces of myth in the homeland of Dionysus, Pan and the nymphs.

Dates for the Arcadia workshop:

Wednesday 2 January – Sunday 6 January 2019
Wednesday 9 January – Sunday 13 January 2019

Part II. Munich Jewellery Week 2019/Schmuckwoche München 2019

A four day group show in Galerie Weltraum during Munich Jewellery Week (14-17 March 2019) including exclusive website, publicity, PR services. The artists’ presence at the show is not requested.
The show programme also includes a series of performances and lectures on related topics.

Participation fee:

A. Arcadia workshop + Munich show:

960 Euro payable in three installements
890 Euro payable in one installment

The fee includes: Arcadia workshop fees/five days (four nights) in a 19th century mansion in Arcadia with breakfast and mid-day snack/ A welcome and a farewell dinner/ show organization and secretarial support/ exhibition design/ exclusive website with artist’s work/ publicity, social media work and PR/ representation in Munich. Arcadia’s detailed programme, as well as Munich show’s terms and conditions, follow in the project agreement.


B. Munich show only:

480 Euro payable in two installements
440 Euro payable in one installment

The fee includes: Show organization and secretarial support/ exhibition design/ exclusive website with artist’s work/ publicity, social media work and PR/ representation in Munich. Munich’s detailed terms and conditions will be stated in the project agreement.

We are accepting applications from artists working in the field of jewellery, sculpture or object, performance and fashion. Artists may present new or existing work connected to the theme of the project. Artists may sell their work during the show.

Number of artists:

12-18 artists

How to apply:

E-mail your application with cover letter stating your incentive to participate in the project and/or its potential benefits on your work including your website (no social media pages) or 6-8 pictures of your work and a short bio to:

Application deadline:

Friday 30 November

Venue_Galerie Weltraum

Galerie Weltraum is one of Munich’s best known experimental galleries located in the very heart of the old city close to Isartor, Viktualienmarkt and Marienplatz.


To celebrate five years of participation in Munich Jewellery Week we grant two ZLR Betriebsimperium Awards.

“The Sacred & The Profane Artists Award” will be granted to one artist participating in our group show. The decision will be met by the public via ballot. The Award includes an Artist Residency plus solo show in Athens, Greece in 2019.

“The Sacred & The Profane Curators Award” will be granted by a team of curators to one artist exhibiting in one of the Munich Jewellery Week venues. The Award includes an Artist Residency in Athens, Greece in 2019.

The Award winners will be announced on Saturday 16 March 2019.