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Gold Makes You Blind (Gold Macht Blind) Bangle Bracelet, Designed: 1980, Executed: 2016

This is a Bangle bracelet. It was designed by Otto Künzli. It is dated Designed: 1980, Executed: 2016 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is black rubber over gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In this iconic work, Künzli shrouds a gold ball in a featureless black rubber tube. While criticizing the aura of the precious, he nevertheless acknowledges the power of gold’s allure even when it is invisible, testing the wearer’s faith in the integrity of the artist.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

  • Bracelet
  • rubber.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Monet....
  • 1989-37-2

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 8 × 8.5 × 1.2 cm (3 1/8 × 3 3/8 × 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

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Gold Makes You Blind (Gold Macht Blind) Bangle Bracelet, Designed: 1980, Executed: 2016; Designed by Otto Künzli (Swiss, b. 1948); black rubber over gold; H x W x D: 8 × 8.5 × 1.2 cm (3 1/8 × 3 3/8 × 1/2 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-63

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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