ABOUT THE WORK
The works of Ludwig Menzel defy any attempt of categorization. By decomposing the familiar and recomposing it into something that pretends to be familiar, he plays with the notion of the known.
Through every work glances a subtle humour that reminds the beholder of how the world of objects was initially created that today appears so natural to us. The archaic forms often cast in silver or bronze, convey the pure and poetic expression of untamed human creative energy. It is a resolute but playful upheaval against the necessity to be defined. Driven by the joy of experimentation, it is Ludwig Menzel’s unique ability to combine the filigree with the bold in the quest for simplicity that allows him to transcend the boundaries of his discipline so effortlessly.
Ludwig Menzel is a German Silversmith born in the middle of Germany in 1964. He started his training as a silversmith at the Zeichenakademie Hanau in 1986. Upon completion of his education in 1990, he joined the studio of the internationally renowned gold- and silversmith Hermann Jünger, where he learned from the grand master for ten years, refining his skills and expanding his understanding of the material before he embarked on his own journey. The foundation for this journey has been and still is his own workshop in Berlin, which he started to build up in 1997. From this fertile ground, Ludwig Menzel developed a unique aesthetic expression, combining technical mastery with archaic and playful elements, that continues to question the matter of facts. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally.