The Cartier: Style And History exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris allowed visitors a peek into European high society of yore through its
jewellery and artefacts
The Cartier: Style And History exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris allowed visitors a peek into European high society of yore through its jewellery and artefacts
Every visit to Paris tells me I am walking into one big open-air museum. There are so many important museums and even more priceless works of art, which are testament to the richness of art history on show every day.
Since 1847, Cartier has been the name behind some of the world’s most beautiful jewellery and precious curios, which makes the curation of a historically significant exhibition all the more challenging.
Having a strong theme certainly helps with the task. The Cartier: Style And History exhibition, organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux — Grand Palais, narrowed things down to exhibits that shone against the broader backdrop of social development and change over more than a century in Europe.
The 600-plus exhibits included fine jewellery, mystery clocks, watches and other precious artefacts, some borrowed from private collectors. Also at the exhibition was a wealth of archive and other historical materials. The three main criteria used by Cartier’s Style, Image and Heritage team led by Pierre Rainero in selecting exhibits for the exhibition were distinctive style, creativity and source. The selected exhibits were then organised into eight sections.
It is worth mentioning that, from Europe to Asia, many stars and celebrities have established a unique and intimate relationship with Cartier. Luminaries such Elizabeth Taylor, Edward VI I I, Wallis Simpson, Kate Middleton and members of the Indian nobility have all had the pleasure of wearing Cartier jewellery or have had designs created for them. These personages have enriched the history of the brand in turn.
The exhibition at the Grand Palais attracted long lines every day. This is ZbBz’s selection of Cartier’s top 10 most iconic pieces from the exhibition.
每 次逛巴黎，都觉得整个巴黎仿佛是个露天博物馆，许多博物馆中的 藏馆，收藏的不仅是价值连城的艺术品，更是记录人类艺术历史的 天地。
创立于1847年的卡地亚，至今创作了数以万计的珠宝和时计作品， 要策划一场富有意义的历史展必有一定的挑战性。名为“卡地亚：风格史 诗”，这顶大型展览由法国巴黎大皇宫与国立博物馆联办，以一个多世 纪以来的社会发展为背景，对卡地亚风格史诗加以解读。除了高级珠宝、 神秘钟、腕表及珍贵器物在内的600余件卡地亚典藏作品，以及从私人收 藏家处借来的许多珍贵展品外，还展出了详尽丰富的档案和历史资料。 为精选参展代表作，卡地亚形象、风格与传承部门在皮埃尔雷诺（Pierre Rainero）的带领下，确立了三个甄选标准：标志性风格、独创性、来 源，筛选出精品中的精品，分八个单元展出。
值得一提的是，从欧洲到亚洲，很多明星与社会名流都与卡地亚建立 了独特而亲密的关系，从玉婆伊丽莎白泰莱、温莎公爵夫妇、英国剑桥公 爵夫人凯特米德尔顿到印度贵族，都曾在历史性场合佩戴或订制卡地亚珠 宝首饰，为卡地亚珠宝增添了故事性。
“卡地亚：风格史诗”展出期间，巴黎大皇宫天天一早大排长龙。这 里为你精选最具代表性的十大展品，以文字和图片回顾卡地亚一段璀璨的 历史。