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In search of modernity:  Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris presents an exhibition dedicated to the influence of Islamic art on Cartier creations.

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.

Facing panel, Iran Late 14th – 15th century Ceramic mosaic Musée du Louvre, Paris département des Arts de l’Islam, on loan from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris © 2010 musée du Louvre / Raphaël Chipaul 319 KB View full-size Download
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.

Proposal for a powder box, Cartier Paris, circa 1920 Graphite pencil, Indian ink and gouache on tracing paper. Cartier Paris Archives © Cartier 160 KB View full-size Download

Tiara, Cartier London, 1936 Platinum, diamonds, turquoise. Vincent Wulveryck. Cartier Collection © Cartier 
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Cigarette case (detail), Cartier Paris, 1930 Gold, platinum, lapis lazuli, turquoise, diamond. Collection Cartier. Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection © Cartier 354 KB View full-size Download



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