Cartier Exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs Explores Islamic Influence

Cartier Exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs Explores Islamic Influence

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Cartier Exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs Explores Islamic Influence

"Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity" will be on display in Paris' Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

"Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity" will be on display in Paris' Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Text: Bella Gil

Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs presents the "Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity" exhibition, which shows the influence of Islamic Art on the Parisian high-end jewelry maison throughout the twentieth century to today. The exhibition is co-organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris , and the Dallas Museum of Art, along with the pheneomenal collaboration of the Musée du Louvre and the support of Cartier itself.

The exhibit explores how Cartier applied the forms of Islamic art and adapted them within his own pieces. More than 500 pieces will be on display in the collection, ranging from masterpieces of Islamic art, jewelry, accessories, drawings, books, photographs and archival documents. Panels with intricate arches and designs, a tiara inlaid with platinum, diamonds and turquoise, carefully carved cases and ornaments adorned in diamonds encompass just some of the many pieces of the collection. 

This exhibition centers around examining the origins of this influence within the cultural context of Paris as well as Louis and Jacques Cartier, the grandsons of founder Louis-François Cartier, who applied this new aesthetic with the idea of modernity in mind.

The exhibit will be on display beginning this Thursday, October 21, until February 20.

Credits: All images courtesy of brand.

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