Exposition | « Cartier et les arts de l’islam. Aux sources de la modernité » — Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, du 20 novembre 2021 au 27 mars 2022

from 21 October 2021 to 20 February 2022

From October 21st, 2021 to February 20th, 2022, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris presents ‘Cartier et les arts de l’Islam. Aux sources de la modernité’, co-organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and the Dallas Museum of Art, thanks to an exceptional collaboration with the musée du Louvre and the support of Cartier. This exhibition shows the influence of Islamic Art on the high jewellery Maison Cartier in its design of jewellery and precious objects from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

More than 500 pieces including jewellery and objects from Cartier, masterpieces of Islamic art, drawings, books, photographs and archival documents, trace the origins of the jeweller’s interest in Oriental motifs. The exhibition explores the origins of this influence through the Parisian cultural context and the figure of Louis and Jacques Cartier, two of the founder’s grandsons, who played a major role in creating a new aesthetic suffused with modernity. The American architectural firm DS&R (Diller Scofidio & Renfro) was commissioned to design the exhibition’s scenography.


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