Gucci’s ‘No Space, Just a Place’ Exhibition, No Space, Just A Place Eterotopia

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‘No Space, Just A Place’ is a large-scale exhibition organized in Seoul’s Daelim Museum that showcases the work of 10 independent art spaces together with artwork from Korean and international artists. Organized by Gucci, the project is inspired by Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele’s reflections on eterotopia and proposes a new definition of what an ‘other space’ might be.

Gucci Explores Alternative Environments in ‘No Space, Just a Place’ Exhibition. Bringing together the work of 10 independent art spaces and five artists.

‘No Space, Just A Place’ gives radical venues visibility and explores their ‘alternativeness’ as a tool to defy authority and question autonomy. Art spaces like Audio Visual Pavilion, Boan1942, d/p and Hapjungjigu each present a project that is thematically tied to the idea of an alternative space as a utopian place in which to set empowering new narratives. Artist Sungsil Ryu – showcased by Boan1942 – explores the notion of artificial paradises, while artist Kang Woohyeok from Post Territory Ujeongguk uses the possibility of owning land on the moon to explore the relationship between the real and virtual; possessions and what we dream of possessing.

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A selection of local and international artists are also exhibiting immersive installations inspired by the future and fantastical mythologies. Meriem Bennani, Olivia Erlanger, Cécile B. Evans and more question narrow perspectives and explore the potential of fiction in addressing stories of ‘otherness’. Their work continues to support the rich cultural landscape and the contemporary art scene in Seoul.

Daelim Museum
21, Jahamun-ro 4-gil
Jongno-gu, Seoul
South Korea

Take a virtual tour of ‘No Space Just A Place’ Exhibition here or visit Seoul’s Daelim Museum. The exhibit will run until July 12. Come into the beautiful world of Gucci.

 

 

 

A Blancpain vintage watch that belonged to Marilyn Monroe unveiled in New York

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On October 30th in its emblematic Boutique on New York’s Fifth Avenue, iconic Swiss watchmaker Blancpain, since 1735, unveiled a legendary 1930s jewelry watch that belonged to Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. The display of Monroe’s stunning cocktail watch is part of an exhibition entitled Timeless Elegance, featuring personal belongings and a curated selection of photographs of the beloved American actress. Blancpain has chosen Marilyn Monroe’s cocktail watch to showcase its expertise and pioneering spirit in the world of feminine watchmaking.

We are particularly proud to present for the very first time this cocktail watch owned by Marilyn Monroe. Especially since Marilyn Monroe had very few pieces of jewelry, despite the memorable ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ which she loved to sing.

Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO Blancpain

The Art Deco-inspired 1930s model, purchased by Blancpain at auction, is displayed alongside several historic personal items that reveal the extraordinary existence and complex personality of the actress including: dresses, books, a director’s chair, a Screen Actors Guild membership card, stationery and receipts from her New York experience. Additionally, there are portraits featured including several signed by Lawrence Schiller, in attendance at the exhibition’s opening. These intimate objects are presented in a refined atmosphere, through a retrospective of Blancpain’s women’s timepieces both past and present.

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Revealed for the very first time to the public at large, the Blancpain watch may have been a gift to Marilyn Monroe from her third husband, author Arthur Miller. Crafted in platinum and paved with 71 round-cut diamonds and two marquise-cut diamonds, it bears the ‘Blancpain’ insignia on its white rectangular dial with yellow hour-markers and blue hands, as well as the mention ‘Rayville Watch Co. 17 Jewels’ on its tiny mechanical FHF 59 movement.

The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was being born a woman

Marilyn Monroe

The slender geometry and structured setting of this precious watch embody a perfect balance between avant-gardism and elegance, both day and night. The watch has an inimitable manner of combining charm, ingenuity and a unique temperament. Like Marilyn Monroe herself, is iconic with a timeless aura.

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Blancpain‘s epic saga of feminine watches was written by Betty Fiechter, an equally extraordinary woman who made history much like Marilyn Monroe. As the first woman to head a watchmaking company in 1933, her intelligence and visionary spirit paved the way for jewelry watches at Blancpain and resulted in the brand’s international reputation.

Complex, sensual and breathtakingly beautiful, Marilyn Monroe shares many commonalities with the spirit of Blancpain’s feminine timepieces, embodying audacity and timeless elegance.

Betty Fiechter’s career trajectory was similar to Marilyn Monroe’s, who became the second American woman to run her own production company. Their destinies were to meet and mingle in a unique creation: the Blancpain cocktail watch.

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The link between the star and the Swiss Maison is also revealed through a small aesthetic nod gracing Blancpain’s Moon Phase watches. Marilyn Monroe’s historic beauty mark epitomizes sensuality and glamour. In the 1980s, when Blancpain updated the moon phase indication – which has since become a signature of the Manufacture – it gradually became distinctive thanks to the smiling face of its moon.

Since the 2006 launch of the Women collection, all the ladies’ Moon Phases models feature a female face adorned with a star-shaped beauty mark. Like the Hollywood star, Blancpain’s women’s models encapsulate the same quintessential uniqueness and timeless elegance.

The ‘Timeless Elegance’ exhibition is on show from October 31st through November 23rd 2019, in Blancpain’s Boutique at 697 Fifth Avenue, 10022 New York, USA. Come into the beautiful world of Blancpain.

 

 

 

 

Maison Chaumet Celebrates The Art of The Twist

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French Maison Chaumet unveils a fresh facet of its jewellery culture with a new exhibition at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, from 1 October to 2 November 2019. Through a series of photographs by Julia Hetta, ‘Autrement’ explores the art of appropriating jewels by wearing them according to the whims of fashions and fantasy, with daring and creativity.

The art of the twist, an ancestral art

Whether forehead jewel or ferronnière, a necklace woven through the hair, or bracelets worn at the shoulder or ankle, from the Italian Renaissance to the fashion statements of today, jewellery lends itself to inventive adaptability.

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Freed from its primary function, it graces the body, clothes or hair, becoming a precious accessory of a new kind. Cultivating its Parisian spirit since 1780, constantly reinventing itself through fashion and the arts, over the course of its history Maison Chaumet has created jewels intended to be worn differently.

Witness the Maison’s archival drawings and photographs in which the jewels astonish and perplex. Necklace or tiara? Bracelet or bodice ornament? Brooch or pendant. Revisiting this age-old practice with modernity, the exhibition Autrement showcases an unprecedented dialogue between art and fashion, history and trends, the Maison’s heritage and its contemporary creations.

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Among the Chaumet archival elements and jewels of yesterday and today, the works of the great masters are digitalised, while photographs by Julia Hetta are presented inside 25 historical frames dating from the 15th to 19th century and loaned by Maison Lebrun.

Autrement, taking jewellery to new heights of artistic expression

The Swedish photographer produced a series of beautiful images inspired by the Dutch masters and Renaissance art. High Jewellery necklaces become headbands, Jeux de Liens and Liens Séduction sautoirs are worn as shoulder strap or anklets, Espiègleries brooches appear as precious hair pins, a Liens Évidence wedding band hugs a lock of hair, Joséphine Aigrette bracelets are worn like palm jewels, a Bee My Love cocktail ring transforms into a scarf ring…

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The result offers an abundance of suggestions to appropriate, a wealth of invitations to reinvent jewellery through how one wears it.

Autrement is the latest exhibition organised at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Maison’s temporary address and place where it has been sharing its history before its historic boutique and workshops at Place Vendôme reopen in January 2020. Throughout 2019 this private mansion in the heart of the iconic quarter of the Left Bank has been the backdrop to various exhibitions and events showcasing the connection between Chaumet’s heritage and the Arts.

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The visit lasts 45 minutes with reservation required to visit. Reserve using the module below. It’s a self-guided visit. Art appreciation representatives will be present for consultation.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet and reserve your visit: Chaumet. #Chaumet165

 

 

 

 

Aga Khan’s Art Deco: Exhibitions by L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels to catch in Dubai

 

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Established in 2012 with the support of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the aim of L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, is to share the jewelry culture to a large and varied audience, both in France and abroad. Through offering an a la carte program of courses, talks and exhibitions, accessible to everyone with no pre-requisites, L’École welcomes the public to learn about the savoir faire of jewelry-making techniques, the world of precious stones, and the art history of jewelry.

Every year, L’École travels to different destinations to meet its students and offer them, in their country, a complete set of courses, talks and exhibitions. Following a first trip in 2017, L’École returns to Dubaï.

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After a first exhibition at L’École in Paris in 2018, the Precious Art Deco Objects exhibition comes back to Dubai from March 29 to April 13, 2019. L’École Van Cleef & Arpels presents a selection of art objects from a remarkable collection of the Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan.

 

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The precious boxes that make up that collection were amassed for his wife, the Princess Catherine Aleya Beriketti, and represent incredible masterpieces of inventiveness, creativity, fantasy, skills and technical prowess.

 

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These precious objects, whose craftsmanship was as important as their function, were specially designed for the first wave of ‘liberated’ women in the 1920s: women who enjoyed going out, applied make-up in public, and kept track of their numerous social engagements with a watch or a clock.

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_3Cigarette cases, nécessaires (vanity cases), powder compacts and other precious objects in gold enriched in ornamental or precious stones, adorned with mother-of-pearl, lacquer or translucent enamel, sometimes enhanced with miniatures of Asian or Western inspiration, were presented for the first time in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Museum on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s’.

 

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At L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, they will be exhibited in a scenography highlighting the multiple Chinese, Japanese, Persian and European influences on these exceptional Art Deco objects.

March 29 to April 13, 2019

Hai d3 Dubai Design District
E11 – Dubai
Open daily to the public – Free access
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Come into the beautiful and wonderful worlds of Van Cleef & Arpels and L’École Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Watchmaker Jaquet Droz showcases its remarkable journey of art through time

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There’s more to haute horlogerie than record-breaking accuracy and space-age materials lobbed onto piles of complications. Jaquet Droz knows this, and has been showcasing the more artistic, craft-oriented side of watchmaking, in keeping with a history that dates back 280 years.

Many of founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s masterpieces didn’t even tell time; his life’s work was to capture the beauty of nature and human movement in machinery. In the 18th century, his creations captivated members of royalty such as King Ferdinand VI of Spain and Emperor Qianlong of China.

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Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz

In a commemorative exhibition titled ‘The Story of the Unique’, held outside the Jaquet Droz boutique at Marina Bay Sands this month, the watchmaker expounds on the brand’s crown jewels, from automata to timepieces (or a combination of the two), both historic and modern.

The retrospective, which includes a display of new collections, details historical pieces such as the Singing Bird Cage Clock from 1780 that features feathered metal birds singing on the hour. Meanwhile, new releases such as the Grande Seconde Skelet-one and Lady 8 Petite demonstrate how the brand is interpreting its traditional artistry in more modern, wearable ways.

 

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Created more than 200 years ago, The Singing Bird Cage Clock has birds that sing on the hour.

The star of the exhibition is the Parrot Repeater pocket watch. This exceptional one-of-a-kind piece, Numerus Clausus 1/1, represents the entire spectrum of Jaquet Droz craftsmanship in a single pocket watch. Watchmaking skills are showcased alongside decorative techniques. The Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch carries on the long tradition of automata originally established by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, spurring it today to push new technical, creative and artistic boundaries.

A physical representation of everything the brand stands for, the 56mm red gold pocket watch combines enamelling (paillonnee, grand feu and miniature painting), gem-setting, automata and relief engraving to set the scene for the minute repeater. When the repeater is activated, the birds move and the egg hatches to the chimes of cathedral gongs – true art in mechanical motion.

 

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The birds move and the egg hatches in the Parrot Repeater pocket watch.

This is your invitation to enter the enchanting world of Jaquet Droz, to discover the magic of Time through extraordinary creations blending design, materials and craftsmanship with the most incredible refinements of mechanical watchmaking.

Jaguet Droz’s ‘The Story of the Unique’ Exhibition runs till Oct 14 outside Jaquet Droz, #B2M-215 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Come into the beautiful world of Jaquet Droz.

 

 

 

 

Chaumet presents its latest collection at Place Vendôme

 

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French Maison Chaumet continues to explore and expose his story in the private museum above his shop in Place Vendôme, Paris. After sentimental education the latest exhibition – which was held this time in the ephemeral museum, transformed into space Bridal (see article here) -, the jeweler invites visitors to discover Chaumet Trésors d’Afrique (Treasures of Africa) and a stroll through some sixty pieces that pay homage to the plural Africa that inspired them.

This exhibition is also the opportunity for the jeweler to unveil the third and final stopover of the new Les Mondes de Chaumet collection. A rare opportunity to discover the oldest listed salons of the Place Vendôme, and a table of unique pieces in a scenography signed by Bureau Betak (famous for staging the scenery of many big fashion shows) that will highlight, by a series of installations, the vision of an Africa told as a subject of eminently artistic inspiration.

Exhibition Chaumet Worlds – Trésors d’Afrique
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018
From 10h to 20h (last visit at 19h15) – night 7 July to 22h.
Free admission on registration on the site chaumet.com

 

 

 

 

A Salvador Dali exhibition is coming to Dubai

 

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A new exhibition celebrating the works of one of the world’s most famous artists is coming to Dubai next month.

The exhibition, titled Salvador Dali. The Memories will be held at the Conference Hall in Dubai International Financial Centre and will showcase the artist’s works for the first time in the region. One of the star attractions is the Shower of Jasmine, an oil on canvas painting which was first unveiled in 1954 and has only been visible to the public on two other occasions in its history. Its presence in Dubai will mark the third time it has been publicly available for viewing.

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According to a release, the exhibition will also house his Memories of Surrealism piece from 1971 which was the master’s interpretation of Spanish printmaker Francisco Goya’s ‘Los Caprichos’ as well as  photographs of the famous artist at work across his career.

The exhibition will open in Dubai on February 11, 2018 and run until April 22, 2018.