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Cartier and the Arts of Islam. At the Origins of Modernity

Start Date 21 October 2011
End Date 20 February 2022
Venue Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Location Paris, France
Curator Évelyne Possémé, Judith Henon-Raynaud, Sarah Schleuning, Dr. Heather Ecker
Designer DS + R

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents “  Cartier and the Arts of Islam. At the sources of modernity  ”, co-produced by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and the Dallas Museum of Art, with the exceptional collaboration of the Louvre Museum and the support of Maison Cartier.

This exhibition shows the influences of the arts of Islam on the production of jewelery and precious objects by the Maison de haute joaillerie, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. More than 500 pieces – jewels and objects from Maison Cartier, masterpieces of Islamic art, drawings, books, photographs and archival documents – trace the origin of this interest in oriental motifs.

It returns in particular to the Parisian context of the time and the figures of Louis and Jacques Cartier, grandsons of the founder, who played a significant role in the birth of a new aesthetic marked by modernity.