Born in 1963 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, Gisbert Stach lives and works between Graefelfing and Munich. After graduating as goldsmith from the Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Glas and Schmuck, Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz, he studied sculpture and jewellery from 1988 to 1990 under the direction of artist and jeweller Peter Skubic at the University of Applied Sciences for art and design in Cologne. From 1991 to 1996, he joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich to study art jewellery under Professor Otto Künzli.
His works are part of numerous museum and private collections, including Die Neue Sammlung - Design Museum in Munich; the Fondazione Cominelli in Brescia; the Museum of Modern Art Tarragona; Itami Museum of Arts and Crafts in Japan; Art Gallery of Legnica in Poland; the Museum of Bohemian Paradise in Turnov, Czech Republic; the Amber Museum of Gdansk in Poland. In addition to numerous personal exhibitions such as "Schmuck und Experiment" (Jewellery and Experimentation) organized during the last edition (2019) of Munich Jewellery Week by the Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein gallery, his work is frequently showed in group exhibitions, such as Medusa at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 2017.
In the field of contemporary jewellery, Gisbert Stach appears as one of the most conceptual and caustic artists of his generation with works combining jewellery as well as video, photography and performance. Proceeding through absurdity, his work challenges the values and functions traditionally associated to jewellery: a gold engagement ring set with stones is photographed while it dissolves in acid which nevertheless retains in its fluid all the value of the initial material.
Amber (also called the Baltic gold) is ground to be used as breading for fish sticks made out of silicone or remodeled to represent the different stages of toasting a bread slice ...