The German designer and artist Hildegard Günzel is without doubt the most decorated doll artist worldwide. With the unique signature she has she is the most important designer in the history of German doll art.
Hildegard Günzel graduated the German Master School for Fashion Design in Munich and worked for many years as a designer in the fashion- and jewelry industries.
The dolls of Hildegard Günzel enhance with the most lively skin texture that is given by a wax over coating on the porcelain. For dressing her enchanting figurines she uses only the most exquisite materials such as real silk, cashmere, expensive brocade and hand embroided materials. Her dolls wear handmade real hair wigs. All accessories of the dolls are elaborate and noble in the making and are indicating her love for detail.
Oscar of doll art
The following video shows the award ceremony 2019 in Neustadt/Coburg. Here Hildegard Günzel is awarded the Max – Oskar – Arnold Prize for her life’s work in a ceremony.
Günzel doll art in museums worldwide
by Karin Schrey
Hello, dear friends of the Günzel dolls!
We are very pleased that you are interested in our doll creatures.
Which of our children did you choose? For a graceful girl with sensitive facial features? Or for the small, cute pummel with pout? No matter which of our dolls you choose – one thing you can be sure of: we have done our best!
Hildegard Günzel can look back on more than 40 years of awarding her every important prize for her amazingly good work. In addition to the US American awards such as the DOTY Awards and DOLLS OF EXCELLENCE, she received the JUMEAU AWARD for her life’s work and for the book “Doll Fantasies” in 2003. Also in 2003 she received the DISCOVERY AWARD. She received another award for her life’s work from JONES PUBLISHING (USA). Furthermore she was awarded in 2010 in Moscow with the PANDORA and in 2019 she got the Max – Oskar – Award for her life work.
DOTY Industry’s Choice winner Doll Reader
& DOTY Public’s Choice winner Doll Reader
“Sommer” – One-of-a-kind-Doll – More than $ 1250
DOTY Industry’s Choice winner Doll Reader & DOTY Public’s Choice winner Doll Reader “Annika” – Artist Child Doll
Museum for modern doll art
It was in 1994 when Hildegard Günzel turned a long-cherished wish into a grandiose deed. She wanted to build a museum for collectors and doll lovers. Together with Christian Kohl, the architect of the office Kohl & Kohl, she designed her “Museum for Modern Doll Art”.
In the porcelain doll manufactory in Duisburg-Asterlagen, not only were the highest quality, most precious dolls and figurines produced, but it also housed the largest exhibition of modern doll art in the world.
In 1996 the time had come and the museum opened its doors to the public. The award-winning architecture was the result of the wishes and ideas of Hildegard Günzel, who was responsible for the design of the building.
Since 2020 Hildegard Günzel has been working with some dolls and teddy bears, with paintings and sculptures, moved into her studio in Mülheim an der Ruhr near her apartment. Visitors are always welcome by appointment. Tours are available with up to up to 14 persons possible.