Born in South Africa, living and working in Berlin, Daniel Kruger is an artist who specialises in jewelry since 1972. Between 1984 to 2005 Kruger worked as well on series of ceramics, principally during residencies at the worldly renowned EKWC (European Ceramic Workcentre in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands). Relying on a broad array of skills and techniques Kruger reveals in his practice an eclectic world in which historical references and popular culture, painting and knitting, Africa and Europe, necklaces and tureens mingle joyfully. The guiding principle of his forty years of career can be found in his enthusiastic and witty approach of ornament and adornment in both disciplines. His jewels are technical feat in which gold, silk, pearls, stones and pigments come alive when worn. His ceramics are standing like trophies celebrating beauty, youth, and exuberance.
During 2014 and 2015, museums in Leipzig, Pforzheim, Hanau and 's-Hertogenbosch have hosted major retrospective exhibitions of Daniel Kruger’s works from both disciplines.
Solo exhibitions at the gallery:
Works in public collections : Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Musuem of Fine Arts Boston, Collection de la ville Cagnes sur Mer, National Gallery of Australia, The Mint Museum, Joanneum Graz, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Landesmuseum Wurttemberg, Institut fur Auslandbeziehungen Stuttgart, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery Tokyo, Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum s'Hertogenbosch, Royal College of Art London, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Stedelijk Museum s'Hertogenbosch, Munchner Stadtmuseum, Die Neue Sammlung The International Design Museum Munich, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Main museum solo exhibitions : 2015, 2014, 2006 Museen der Stadt Bamberg, 2000 Joanneum Graz, 1996 Angermuseum Erfurt, 1994 Stedelijk Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst s'Hertogenbosch, 1993 Munchener Stadtmuseum
Selected bibliography : Daniel Kruger Between Nature and Artifice 1974-2014 Jewellery Arnoldsche ISBN 978-3-89790-411-8, Daniel Kruger Ceramic Works 1992-2005, Keramik von Daniel Kruger The classical spirit of the forms Bayerische Kunstgewerbe Verein eV Munchen ISBN 3-929727-23-4 Daniel Kruger Keramik Munchner Stadtmuseum