Crystallization of Time

From 2nd October to 26th December, 2019, the Cartier exhibition, Crystallization of Time at the National Art Centre of Tokyo displays a previously unseen look at the Maison’s style.  

A unique vision allowing discoverery throughout the selection of exceptional historical and contemporary pieces. In creating a long chronological range we reveal the more contemporary, provided by private parties, to both modern and vintage creations from the Cartier Collection. Never before has such a collection been brought together for the public.

Created by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida from the New Material Research Laboratory, the exhibition explores the creative vision and pioneering spirit of the Maison in three acts: Material Transformation and Colors, Forms and Designs, and Universal Curiosity.

Cartier, Crystallization of Time is the 35th exhibition dedicated to Cartier.

 

First Chapter: Material Transformation and Colors. Four canopies draped with gathered traditional Sha veils, with window displays in Hinoki cypress, a sacred setting where the art of colour unfolds through Cartier's material work and expertise. Red, green, black: one of Cartier’s prized chromatic harmonies is found on this brooch from 1925 where the coral contrasts with the emerald, onyx and diamonds. A powerful wedding ring, reinterpreted in 2015 to create this bracelet in chrysoprase, onyx, coral and diamonds 

 

Bracelet,

Cartier, 2015

Private collection

 

Brooch,

Cartier New York, special order, 1925

Cartier collection 

In the Forms and Designs space, blocks of Oyaishi , volcanic rocks act as window supports and evoke the depths of the Earth, the origin of all of Cartier’s gemstones. With its mastery of design, Cartier infuses its creations with kinetic art. This bracelet from 2014 and this neck plate from 1903 both have the same perspective effect and the same set of depth - the art of movement in jewellery.

 

Bracelet,

Cartier, 2014

Private collection

 

Neck plate,

Cartier Paris, 1903

Cartier collection

The last stage, Universal Curiosity, shows Cartier’s curiosity of the entire world, from nature to culture and civilisations, through a spectacular 52 ft long window display. Theses two brooches from 1903 which are are a figurative representation of ferns, and this necklace from 2018 in the style of a cherry blossom, embody Cartier’s creative amplitude, from naturalism to abstraction.

 

Necklace,

Cartier, 2018

Private collection

 

Set of brooches in the shape of fern branches

Cartier Paris, 1903

Cartier collection