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The Image (Das Bild) Brooch

This is a Brooch. It was designed by Otto Künzli. It is dated 1981 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is postcard in acrylic sleeve, brass, rubber band. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

By simply putting a clip-frame on a postcard, Künzli transformed the image into a wearable and exchangeable brooch. The act becomes a critical inquiry into what adornment means today while also using the “brooch” to document an experience or event that is conducive to discovery.

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

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 10.9 × 15.2 × 0.6 cm (4 5/16 in. × 6 in. × 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse: printed in white on rectangular plastic panel in center: within a rectangular band, OTTO KUNZLI / SCHELLINGSTR 93 / 800 MONCHEN 40

Cite this object as

The Image (Das Bild) Brooch; Designed by Otto Künzli (Swiss, b. 1948); postcard in acrylic sleeve, brass, rubber band; H x W x D: 10.9 × 15.2 × 0.6 cm (4 5/16 in. × 6 in. × 1/4 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-64

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

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

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