I was mighty miffed when I was told that I couldn’t photograph the dazzling gems in the Van Cleef and Arpels show, even when I made a request to the press office, who denied my request and said photos were strictly forbidden.
Do you think that stopped me? I went to the exhibit with armed with my I-Phone camera. It was difficult to shoot the photos in the main hall of the exhibit as the guards were hovering. But soon as I got in the side galleries, I started to click away. It was a bit difficult, as I had to constantly look over my shoulder and also focus on taking the shots. I was stopped twice by a guard with a strict warning, but apparently that didn’t stop me. I was clever enough to go through the whole exhibit first, so if I was thrown out, I would have at least seen it.
The exhibit is about the rich history of the esteemed jewelers who set up their original shop on the Place Vendome in the early 1900s. Over 400 pieces are on display from their archives and from private collections. Not only are the jewels and the detailing magnificent in their own right, but the display is equally stunning and dramatic. The exhibit is arranged chronologically by decade with Art Deco inspired vitrines with rounded edges. Each piece is artfully placed with a short description and the year it was produced, and some look like they are floating in air. It was fascinating to see the metamorphosis through each decade and how their style evolved with key pieces.
Some of the highlights include pieces made for Elizabeth Taylor, the diamond tiara designed for Princess Charlene for her marriage to Prince Albert of Monaco in 2011, and the zipper necklace that was inspired by an idea from the Duchess of Windsor.
Till February 10
Museé Les Arts Decoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Metro Palais Royal-Musée de Louvre
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