I especially like to watch the exhibitions of luxury brands with a long history. The curators tried their best to systematically gather many ‘exotic treasures’ together, and presented them at once, which was amazing. , Sigh again and again. Of course, the exhibitions of fashion brands are very good, especially the high-end custom series, but the theme is often limited to clothing accessories; rather, the exhibitions of jewelry brands are more diverse, because the established jewellers with historical accumulation usually have deep roots with the royal family. In addition to jewellery, the works also include clocks, crowns, scepters, jewelry boxes, and various daily necessities, such as snuff bottles, cigarette cases, cosmetic bags, dinner bags, aromatherapy jars, and so on. Throughout June to July, two very powerful jewelry brand exhibitions appeared simultaneously, one in Beijing and one in Shanghai. The layout of Beijing is magnificent and elegant. The layout of Shanghai is elegant and exquisite, but the themes passed are the same. The praise of exquisite craftsmanship and the ode to the good life are worth checking out. ‘Beyond Boundary: Cartier • Palace Museum Craft and Restoration Special Exhibition’ Cartier’s Bird of Paradise Brooch and the Qianlong Period of the Qing Dynasty Scented silk makeup flowers and phoenix queen costume / em> Let’s talk about this heavyweight exhibition of Imperial City! The exhibition is called ‘Beyond the Boundary: Cartier · The Palace Museum Craft and Restoration Special Exhibition’. This is a super large-scale exhibition. Cartier has selected about 800 pieces from its ‘Art Collection’ to cross the ocean. The Palace Museum also The collection is echoed under the corresponding theme. The exhibition is located at the Forbidden City’s Wumen Gate, and you can visit the Palace Museum free of charge I am relatively familiar with Cartier’s ‘Art Collection’, and in recent years, I have participated in the ‘Cartier Treasures of the Beijing Palace Museum in 2009’ Art Exhibition ‘, Liaoning Provincial Museum’s’ Beauty and Fine Arts-Chinese and Western Treasure Art Exhibition ‘, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum’s’ Cartier Time Art-Passion for Watchmaking ‘exhibition in 2014, and Chengdu, Sichuan, 2015 The Museum’s ‘Artistic Heavenly Craftsmanship-Chinese and Western Treasure Art Exhibition’. With so many large-scale exhibitions held in China in 10 years, it shows that the brand attaches great importance to the Chinese market. See more of Cartier’s art collections. In addition, the 2013 ‘Cartier: Epic Style’ exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, and the ‘Dreamwalking’ of the Boa Museum of East Asian Art in Geneva in 2015 Asia: Special Exhibition of Bower’s Oriental Art Museum and Cartier Collection ‘, I have also been invited to visit. The coolest thing is that I have had the pleasure of visiting Cartier’s well-guarded ‘treasure’ in Geneva’s ‘Art Collection’-all visitors must sign a ‘confidentiality agreement’ and not allow the address to be disclosed to the public, which is afraid of lingering Nothing moved. Mysterious bell on the porch of Cartier’s Art Collection Series, A smiling Maitreya Buddha sits at the top, Inspiration from China Let’s find out what is called ‘The Cartier Collection’. At a auction in Geneva in 1973, Cartier first repurchased a ‘Portique’ mysterious clock created half a century ago, and began a long and extensive collection of the brand. Its collection includes all kinds of A masterpiece of exquisite jewellery, watches and accessories from 1860 to the end of the 20th century. As time goes by, the collection has increased year by year. By 1983, Cartier officially established the ‘Art Collection’ series. These rich historical heritage collections were not locked in the vaults and disappeared into the sky, but were shown to the public as much as possible. Therefore, since 1989, these collections have embarked on a long tour tour and began to hold large-scale exhibitions in well-known museums on five continents. Currently, Cartier Art Collections has more than 1,500 collections, all of which are obtained through public auctions or private purchases. Enjoy more Cartier’s antique clocks, which contain strong Chinese elements. ‘Beyond the Boundary’ is another 10 years after the 2009 ‘Cartier Treasure Art Exhibition’, the Beijing Palace Museum and Cartier joined hands again. The exhibition is called ‘Beyond Boundaries’. It originated from Cartier’s antique clock restoration project 5 years ago. This project restored a total of one pair of pocket watches and two pairs of clocks. During the restoration process, the Forbidden City The watch and clock repair team and the Cartier watch and clock repair team, in their exchanges and discussions, realized that the cooperation between the two sides has constantly broken the original boundaries, whether it is watch art, decorative art or plastic art. Because of the ‘boundary’, we must cross the boundaries of time and technology, reshape the artistic creativity of different cultures and regions, and go ‘outside the boundary.’ Antique clocks and pocket watches restored by Cartier for the Palace Museum There are three units in the exhibition. The first unit is ‘Inspiration China’, which should be well understood. The second unit, ‘Style Witness’, stands for The third unit ‘Time Craft’, created by the imperial power and aristocracy, displays masterpieces of clocks and watches, and Cartier’s six timepieces restored for the Palace Museum are displayed here. In addition to viewing the collections of Cartier’s collection, some of the exhibits corresponding to the theme of the Forbidden City are also very interesting. For example, in the second exhibition hall “Witness Testimony”, many crowns, scepters, jewellery, and jewellery made by Cartier for the royal nobles and noble men and women are displayed. There are hundreds of pieces that surround the entire rectangular main exhibition hall, but the Palace Museum There is only one corresponding display case, which is placed in the center of the exhibition hall. In the display case, a Qianlong emperor’s royal robe is hung, and a ‘Jade Emperor of the Qing Dynasty’ jade seal is placed below it, showing the emperor’s honor and momentum. It was shocking. The Emperor Qianlong’s robes and the jade seal of ‘The Great Qing Dynasty Emperor Tianzibao’ have said so much, no matter how I described it, the lotus flower is not as good as seeing it for yourself, because there are so many exhibits , Please arrange at least 3 hours to taste it carefully. There is also an interesting game you can play while viewing the exhibition. That is, every time you come to the showcase, you can guess which exhibits are from the Forbidden City and which collections are from Cartier? Honestly, it’s not easy to guess! Beyond Boundary: Cartier • Palace Museum Craft and Restoration Special Exhibition Duration: June 1st to July 31st Address: Beijing Palace Museum Noon Gate Exhibition Hall Tickets: Tickets are not sold separately, visitors can visit the museum for free . ‘Noah’s Ark High Jewelry Series and Art Installation’ Enjoy more cute animal brooches Compared with the ‘Beyond the Boundary’ of the Forbidden City in Beijing, this exhibition in Shanghai is much smaller, with more than 40 exhibits , But still very promising. In addition to the exhibits, the sound and light effects of the showroom designed by Robert Wilson, the American stage set designer, are well worth exploring. This ‘L’Arche de Noé’ fine jewelry series and art installation exhibition hosted by Van Cleef & Arpels was first exhibited in Hong Kong in March 2017. After being invited to Hong Kong to watch the exhibition, it later began a global tour and finally came to the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art at the end of May this year. Enjoy more cute animal brooches The story of ‘Noah’s Ark’ Everyone knows that the Great Flood is about to hit. Noah built the Ark and sent the world’s animals one male and one female to the upper boat. Refuge as a way of extending life. Therefore, this series of jewelry works is naturally dominated by animals, lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, raccoons, owls, penguins, kangaroos, polar bears, and also insects such as dragonflies, butterflies, ladybugs … all in pairs Appear in pairs in this living animal kingdom, and all appear in the form of brooches. Why is it a brooch? Nicolas Bos, global president and CEO of the brand, said in an interview that because the size of the brooch is just right, the ring is too small, the necklace is too large, and the brooch is the carrier, which can best represent the animal’s lifelike look. Appreciation of more cute animal brooches The way of expression is also different. Some animals are paired by a male and a female to make two brooches, and some animals are linked together to form a subject. There is only one brooch, mainly depending on the needs of the design. What’s more interesting is that there are three kinds of animals that exist independently of male and female, that is, the mythical beast-Pegasus, Phoenix, and Unicorn. Three beast brooches—phoenix, pegasus, unicorn The ‘Noah’s Ark’ series originally exhibited has more than 60 species of animals, but so far, many works have been collected by collectors without I am willing to continue to display, so there are only over 40 works left in Shanghai. I believe that more works will remain in China when this exhibition period ends. Robert Wilson, the master of stage design in the United States Did you notice the Noah’s Ark above the center? In addition to these cute animal jewellery, there must be Robert Wilson, the American stage set designer who set up the exhibition. He used lights, music, space, installation and other effects to create a universe that is wild and shaking. The scene can only be understood, but not uttered, and you are invited to experience it for yourself. ‘Noah’s Ark High Jewelry Series and Art Installation’ Exhibition Period: May 28 ~ July 12 (closed on Monday) Visiting Time: 11 am to 7 pm Address: Shanghai Contemporary Art, 200 Huayuangang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai Museum tickets: Free This article contains a large number of original pictures, some of which are from the brand or the Internet. Anyone may not use them without permission. Please contact us for permission to reprint.