In launching the new Van Cleef and Arpels High Jewelry Collection, Nicolas Bos, President and CEO, chose to reinterpret the story of Noah’s Ark. He also chose world-renowned stage and set designer Robert Wilson to execute his vision for the L’Arche de Noé collection. He was attracted to Wilson’s extraordinary ability to create his own universe sometimes with very simple effects and also his frequent use of myths and legends in his productions.
The collection is only comprised of clips since it best allowed for two and three-dimensional figures and using the same scale for all of them.
I’ve always been a fan of Robert Wilson and have seen many of his operas and theater pieces in past years, so was curious to see his approach for a different medium than usual.
Upon entering the stately Hotel d’Evreux on the Place Vendome to see the exhibition, we had to wait for a few minutes while someone gave us a lecture about the exhibition and the history of some of the pieces. We were later escorted past a black velvet barrier into a darkened room and had to duck under it to enter the exhibition room.
Once inside, I could immediately recognize Wilson’s minimalist style with just small vitrines and a simply lit background, which worked marvelously to show off the jewels. The only reference to the ark was a tiny, hardly noticeable white ark hanging from the ceiling.
After a few moments of peering closely into the vitrines to see the exquisite craftsmanship of the jewels, the lights suddenly went down and a loud thunder struck, making me jump. I had forgotten about the 40 days and night of rain from the story Noah’s Ark and Wilson dramatically made sure I didn’t forget!
Once I calmed down from the thunder, I went back to the jewels and was amused by the menagerie of turtles, pandas, swans, butterflies, elephants, horses, owls, toucans, penguins, peacocks, rams, giraffes and unicorns.
L’Arche de Noé
Till September 26
19 Place Vendome, 75001
Metro: Tuileries or Concorde
Open daily 12PM to 8PM
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