GRAND PALAIS, GALERIES NATIONALES, PARIS
Exhibition runs 15 March – 24 July 2017
Three years on from the retrospective exhibition Cartier: Style and History,, Cartier returned to the Grand Palais with an exhibition that explores the art history of gardens, a subject seldom explored in cultural institutions. The garden was presented as a work of art in its own right through exhibits from a wide range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and film. The curators chose to present 17 pieces from the Cartier Collection which depicted a figurative and poetic representation of nature. Flowers have been part of the Cartier vocabulary since the inception of the Maison. Over the decades this creative vein proved prolific, inspiring platinum and diamond foliage and bouquets in the Garland style, the delectable bursts of colour in Tutti Frutti jewellery in the 1920s, and Jeanne Toussaint’s three-dimensional renderings of flowers from the 1930s onwards.
The Cartier Collection additionally featured in the exhibition From the Great Mughals to the Maharajahs: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection, also at Grand Palais..