On December 4, 2013, the Cartier Collection Global Tour will usher in a very important stop-the Grand Palace in Paris, France. The new exhibition will last for three and a half months, curated by Laurent Salomé, the chief curator of the Grand Palace’s Hall of Honor. It will be based on the theme of ‘Cartier: Epic of Style’ and reveal the rich history of Cartier Artistic concept and changing tastes of the times. As a hallowed brand connected to the city’s bloodline, this return to Paris exhibition will undoubtedly become a monument on the Cartier Collection’s global journey.
Crown of Cormorants, Cartier Paris, 1914, Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection, © Cartier
The popularity of Cartier brand may make people ignore the rich and colorful history behind this hallowed brand. In fact, Cartier has played a pivotal role in the history of decorative arts. Cartier’s design, from classic works to new art works with both geometric shapes and exotic shapes, is a vivid proof of the change of artistic taste and social etiquette. Cartier’s jewellery, clocks, watches, and a variety of fine and practical utensils, once convinced the most tasteful and elegant people of the 20th century.
‘Cartier: Epic Style’ is an exhibition about art history. As a work of art, Cartier’s creativity is revealed in the evolution of changing uses and styles. Interpreting Cartier’s history from its founding in 1847 to the 1970s provides us with an excellent opportunity to open the door to the plastic art laboratory, delve into this elegant and exquisite jewellery brand, and explore those inner beauty and social functions Jewelry and accessories.
More than 600 pieces of jewellery, utensils, watches and clocks, together with dresses, coats, accessories, furniture, paintings, advertising photography, prints and fashion magazines, tell the audience about artistic concepts and tastes of the times. The exhibition traces every important step in the history of the brand and analyzes the roots of each style evolution of Cartier. More than 200 hand-drawn manuscripts and countless archive files (inventory books, creative record books, hand-drawn manuscripts related to Heping Street Holy Shop, photos, plaster models …), brought the audience to the story behind Cartier’s works.
This exhibition is the most important exhibition in Cartier’s history, detailing the important historical events that established Cartier’s status, as well as all types of works created, from the coronation embellishment to the most personal appliances: cosmetic cases, cigarette cases and wrist Tables-three classic symbols of the modernist period. All the classic works in Cartier’s history are exhibited in this exhibition. The first is a series of exquisite crowns, which vividly reproduce the ingenuity of Cartier’s master craftsmanship and the higher requirements from customers. In order to highlight the importance of watchmaking to Cartier, the exhibition also displays an unprecedented number of mysterious clocks, a total of 15 pieces, each of which is a masterpiece of aesthetics and craftsmanship.
The exhibits in this exhibition are mainly from the Cartier Collection and 50 works borrowed from public institutions or private collectors. These public institutions include: the Musée des Arts décoratifs, the Musée Galliera and the Bibliothèquenationale de France, the Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra, the Library of Decorative Arts (Bibliothèque des Arts décoratifs), and so on. Twenty of these distinguished works are treasures borrowed from the collection of the Prince of Monaco through official or private channels to showcase the elegant taste of Princess Grace. The audience will also have the opportunity to see the precious collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heir to the Cereal Empire, an important collector of Russian and French art, and the most important of Cartier’s New York Of customers. The exhibition was supported by the Hillwood Foundation, based in Post’s last residence in Washington. The exhibition also pays special attention to many iconic figures in Cartier’s history: important clients include actresses or heiresses-Barbara Hutton, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor (Liz Taylor), Maria Félix; The Grand Duke of India-a country like a dream at the time, but it is no longer far away; or those who left their personal marks in Cartier’s history at different times Trend leaders-Daisy Fellowes, Mona Bismarck, Duchess of Windsor …
‘Cartier: Epic of Style’ is the first exhibition held in the Hall of Honor of the Grand Palace just restored, which perfectly fits this tall and magnificent space and its poetic design. The exhibition does not present the feeling of a jewelry store, but rather unfolds like a legend. Each chapter creates a different atmosphere, allowing the charm of the work to be displayed naturally. At the same time, it provides the audience with a key to interpret this ups and downs epic.