Style & History Exhibition Grand Palais Paris, Cartier will host a showcase of 600 of its ‘greatest creations’ 4 December – 16 February, 2014, at an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition,“Le Style et l’Histoire”, will bring together jewelry, watches, clocks, accessories and other fine objects of art created by Cartier in Paris. Star pieces from Cartier’s collection will include Cartier jewelry owned by the likes of Grace Kelly, Barbara Hutton, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as pieces commissioned by the Maharajahs of India.
Cartier is a jeweler deeply embedded into Paris and its culture, though little is known even now about the rich and complex history of the great house of jewelry, perhaps because it has been eclipsed by the famous name and sparkle of its diamonds. Yet Cartier has played a key role in the history of the decorative arts. His creations -from the classicism of the ‘jeweler to kings’ to the radical inventions of style moderne, ranging from the geometric to the exotic- are a fascinating testament to the evolution of taste and social codes. Cartier: Style and History will delve into the pivotal role the jeweler has had in the development of the decorative arts. It will explore its diverse collection of creations, including the classical, the radically modern and the regal. Some 500 pieces of exquisite jewelry will be showcased at the exhibition, while paintings, posters and furniture will also be on view.
Palais‘ recently renovated grand reception room and will offer visitors a chance to view jewelry in different ‘seasons’ as they walk through the showcase. Several Cartier exhibitions worldwide have paved the way for this major event. Though none have been on as grand a scale as Cartier: Style and History, which is expected to attract visitors in the millions. The exhibition is being curated by the Grand Palais‘ chief heritage curator Laurent Salome and his assistant curator Laure Dalon. About 50 supplemented pieces have been temporarily given to the show from Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and Musée Galliera, as well as pieces from private collections.