Daniel Kruger

South Africa/Germany,

Born in South Africa, living and working in Berlin, Daniel Kruger is an artist who has specialised in jewellery since 1972. Between 1984 to 2005 Kruger worked in 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Relying on a broad array of skills and techniques, Kruger reveals in his practice an eclectic world in which historical references and popular culture, painting and knitting, Africa and Europe, necklaces and tureens mingle joyfully.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-year career can be found in his enthusiastic and witty approach to 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.


Necklaces, 2017, cotton, glass bead embroidery

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Between Nature and Artifice

20 February - 25 March, 2018

Daniel Kruger returns to Melbourne after ten years, with a new exhibition of works that explore the effect of culturally specific design on personal identity.