From October 21, 2021 to February 20, 2022, the Musée des Arts décoratifs also called MAD presents a magnificent exhibition called “Cartier and Islamic Art. In Search of Modernity”. An exhibition co-curated by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, the Dallas Museum of Art with the exceptional partnership of the Louvre and support of Maison Cartier.
Go and discover the influences of Islamic art on the design of jewels and precious objects by the high-jewelry house from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The exhibition focuses on the Parisian context of this time and the names of Louis and Jacques Cartier – the founder’s grandsons – who plaid a significant part in the birth of a new aesthetic filled with modernity.
Created in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, Maison Cartier was first specialized in selling jewels and art objects. His son, Alfred, takes over the managing in 1874 and associates his eldest son Louis in 1898. This is when Cartier designs their own jewels, pursuing the activity of reselling old pieces. In the beginning of the 20th century, Louis Cartier is searching for new inspiration.
At this time, Paris is a high place of Islamic art trade and it is certainly through major exhibitions hosted in Paris – especially in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1903 and in Munich in 1910 – that Louis enthusiastically discovers new shapes progressively filling the French society.
Through a themed and chronological tour presented in two chapters, the exhibition first returns on the origin of this interest for the Islamic art and architecture through the Parisian context of the early 20th century and explores the creative climate of artists and studios searching for sources of inspiration.
Bib necklace — Cartier Paris, commissioned in 1947
The second part, set in the south gallery illustrates the collection of shapes inspired by Islamic art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Most works have been displayed during the first exhibitions devoted to Islamic art, and therefore, surely seen by designers of the house or known by them through publications kept in Louis Cartier’s library.
As the climax, the main area of the nave completes the tour with digital systems designed by Elizabeth Diller’s team from studio DS+R, aiming at giving another dimension to jewels.
Thanks to this exhibition, discover for the first time the creative process of a major jewelry house. The great richness of archives, the many drawings and the photographic funds that enabled to draw the original source of many Cartier creations and understand the major impact of the Islamic art on the house in the beginning of the 20th century.
Shall we go discover these wonders and their origins?
Dates and Opening Time
From 21 October 2021 to 20 February 2022
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris 1
moins de 26 ans: Free
Le mardi, mercredi et vendredi de 11h à 18h
Fermeture des caisses à 17h15
Nocturne le jeudi jusqu’à 21h
Fermeture des caisses à 20h15
Le samedi et dimanche de 11h à 20h
Fermeture des caisses à 19h15