Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (Netherlands)
Art Deco - Paris
Exhibition from October 14 2017 to March 4 2018
A new destination for the Cartier Collection: the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Cartier Collection continues to generate a great deal of interest in the museum world. The Art Deco – Paris exhibition focused on the influence that French fashion designer Paul Poiret had on Art Deco, the major artistic movement of the 1920s. Nicknamed “le Magnifique”, or “the Magnificent One”, Paul Poiret was surrounded by the most renowned avant-garde artists of his time, and set the codes of Art Deco design from the early years of the 20th century.
The exhibition revealed the richness of this style through a large collection of pieces that brought together works from Modigliani, Kees Van Dongen, and Brâncuși, amongst others, and flamboyant costumes originating from the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The Cartier Collection exhibited a set of 35 pieces of jewellery, vanity cases, cigarette cases and desk clocks, which revealed the new attitudes and tastes of the period's most elegant women. Amongst these pieces were four bracelets which had been presented by Cartier at the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes in 1925.
An attraction to pure lines, daring colour combinations, and Orientalist motifs bring to life creations by both the Fashion Designer and the Jeweller. Equally ahead of his time, in the early 1910s Louis Cartier introduced the “modern style” of refined jewellery with abstract, geometric motifs.
Visitors were invited to relive the pomp and splendour of this resolutely modern era which continues to fascinate today, an era which was fundamental to the Maison’s creative journey.