|[ Friedrich Becker ]|
1922 - 1997
Friedrich Becker grew up in Grevenstein Sauerland.
He graduated from school in Düsseldorf as a trained mechanic.
In 1940 he attended the aviation engineering college in Thorn/Weichsel and
completed his studies from 1947 to 1951 at the industrial art college of Düsseldorf.
In 1952 he passed his degree and opened his own workshop in Düsseldorf. He
also worked as an assistant of Professor Karl Schollmayer.
In 1964 Friedrich Becker took over the management of the metal design workgroup
(gold and silver) at the Düsseldorf Industrial Art School and in 1970 became director
of studies and teacher trainer. Three years later he was appointed professor at the
Düsseldorf technical college, where he taught until his retirement in 1982.
Friedrich Becker is one of the outstanding celebrity artists of our times. As an
internationally renowned goldsmith, a creator of kinetic jewellery and kinetic
objects, a designer and last but not least a professor at the Düsseldorf Technical
College he made a major contribution to goldsmith art in the second half of the
As early as the 1950s Friedrich Becker developed hidden mountings with
interchangeable stones considered a technical marvel at the time (...). This new
concept led in the 1960s to kinetics, where Friedrich Becker first introduced the
fourth dimension in jewellery design known as Die Bewegung or "The Movement".
In 1997 the London Royal College of Art awarded him the title of honorary doctor.