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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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.

 

 

 

 

The Museum of Lace and Fashion, Calais presents Hubert de Givenchy retrospective

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From June 15 to December 31, 2017, The Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais, France, is holding an exhibition dedicated to the work of Hubert de Givenchy, the legendary fashion designer and founder of the French Maison. Seventy outfits symbolizing his inspirations, his expertise and his significant encounters recap almost six decades of fashion design. Now 90, the designer has dressed some of the most amazing women in the last 50 years, from Audrey Hepburn to The Begum Aga Khan to Daisy Fellows.

The master of couture and dress presents an inside look to his work and inspiration.

The show will see 70 outfits from private wardrobes, the Givenchy archives and the collection of several European museums go on public display for over six months. Under the artistic direction and curation of Hubert de Givenchy himself, the exhibition will retrace the couturier’s entire career, from his first collection in 1952 to his sumptuous wedding gowns and his key encounters.

The show, which presents couture creations in sober white, gray and black display cases backed by mirrors, opens with a section dedicated to haute couture fabric samples. Essential tools in the creation of bespoke garments, the different fabrics and textiles with which Hubert de Givenchy worked hold a key place in the exhibition. In fact, exceptional textiles are something of a running theme, with the show also highlighting the work of artisans the couturier worked with for decades, such as embroiderers Lesage and Vermont, and fabric manufacturers Abraham and Beuclère.

Standout pieces include a blue and white striped organza sheath dress worn by the Duchess of Windsor, a famous ‘Bettina’ cotton blouse dating from 1952, a spectacular ball gown in Chantilly Lace  and satin, an evening ensemble in lame brocade and embroidered with gold and silver braids, metallic leaves and beads, and a cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Blake Edwards’ movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

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Certain encounters proved particularly influential on the work of Hubert de Givenchy. From Jacqueline Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor to the Countess de Borchgrave, the designer dressed some of society’s most stylish figures. Meeting his muse, Audrey Hepburn, proved particularly decisive, both for his career and for the actress’ style, which was built through their friendship. A whole section of the exhibition will explore this relationship, featuring several gowns worn by Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and ‘How to Steal a Million’, as well as clips from her movies.

In addition, the exhibition highlights the designer’s artistic inspirations and explores Givenchy fragrances, while also showcasing exceptional eveningwear creations and imposing wedding gowns made from lace and tulle.

Hubert de Givenchy – The Museum of Lace and Fashion, Calais, France will be opened from June 15 to December 31, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Chaumet presents ‘Imperial Splendours’ exhibition at the Palace Museum, Beijing

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The old Forbidden City is hosting an impressive display of the famous French jewelers skills with a new exhibition.

French ‘Haute Joaillier’ Maison Chaumet has consistently produced beautiful designs that have enthralled us since the 18th century. While many would love to leave the past behind them, sometimes it pays to look back once in a while to see just how far you have come. Rich in history and traditions, the brand has delved back into its archives to produce a spellbinding exhibition called ‘Imperial Splendours’ in the Palace Museum, Beijing.

 

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A delightful Hummingbird Aigrette in gold, silver, diamonds and rubies with Hummingbird feathers created by Joseph Chaumet circa 1880. Even today still very modern. (Collection Chaumet, Paris).

 

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The exhibition, curated by Henri Loyrette who is the director of Musee de Louvre, will show over 300 beautiful and rare pieces from the Maisons treasured archive. From jewels, watches, objects d’art, paintings and drawings, it is a chance for visitors to see what the brand has been producing since it was founded in 1780. With the support of prominent museums and prestigious collections, we see Chaumet’s artistry at its finest.

One of the highlights of the collection is the Bourbon-Parma tiara (pictured on top) that was crafted in 1919. Made of platinum and diamonds for Countess Hedwige de La Rochfoucauld upon her marrige to the Price Sixte of Bourbon-Parma. In the show of cultural appreciation, the Palace Musum has also selected several items from its own collection to be offered as an exchange between the Chinese and French jewellery arts.

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A vanity case by Joseph Chaumet, circa 1925, in gold, platinum, nephrite, lapiz lazuli and diamonds reflecting the taste for exotic chinoiserie products. (Collection Chaumet, Paris).

 

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Designed by Robert Lemoine, this necklace in gold, frosted rock crystal, jasper and diamonds features ann octopus gripping seaweed garland and a rubellite stone. Collection of Her Royal Highness Princess Bourbon des Deux Siciles.

You can catch the ‘Imperial Splendors’ exhibition at the Wu men Room, Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City in Beijing from April 11 to July 2. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sonday (closed on Monday), from 8.30am to 5pm.

 

 

 

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition second Teaser

Plans to go to London? No true Chanel fan should miss this. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel will come to life across three floors of London’s prime exhibition spot, the Saatchi Gallery, off King’s Road. Recently we showed you the first teaser, above you can see the second…

The exhibition will open in London at the Saatchi Gallery on October 13th. free of charge.

 

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