Crystallization of Time

From October 2 to December 26, 2019, the Cartier exhibition, Crystallization of Time, at the National Art Center of Tokyo displays a previously unseen look at the Maison’s style. 

Created by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida from the New Material Research Laboratory, the exhibition explores the creative vision and pioneering spirit of the Maison in three acts: Material Transformation and Colors, Forms and Designs, and Universal Curiosity.

By bringing together a selection of exceptional pieces from the more contemporary – from private collections – to both modern and vintage creations from the Cartier Collection, never before has such a unique collection been brought together for the public.

Cartier, Crystallization of Time is the 35th exhibition dedicated to Cartier.

 

Chapter 1: Material Transformation and Colors. 

Four canopies draped with gathered traditional Sha veils and display cases crafted from Hinoki cypress provide a sacred setting where the art of color unfolds through Cartier's material work and expertise. 

On a brooch designed in 1925, one of Cartier’s prized chromatic harmonies – red, green and black – can be found where coral contrasts with emerald, onyx and diamonds. A powerful wedding band, reinterpreted in 2015, creates this bracelet in chrysoprase, onyx, coral and diamonds.

 

Bracelet,

Cartier, 2015

Private collection

 

Brooch,

Cartier New York, special order, 1925

Cartier collection 

In the Forms and Designs space, blocks of Oyaishi - volcanic rock - act as window supports and evoke the depths of the Earth, the origin of all of Cartier’s stones. With its mastery of design, Cartier infuses all its creations with kinetic art. A bracelet from 2014 and neck plate from 1903 both play with perspective and depth, giving way to the art of movement within jewelry. 

 

Bracelet,

Cartier, 2014

Private collection

 

Neck plate,

Cartier Paris, 1903

Cartier collection

The final space, Universal Curiosity, shows Cartier’s curiosity of the entire world, from nature to culture and civilizations, through a spectacular 52 ft. window display. Two brooches from 1903, a figurative representation of ferns, and a necklace from 2018 in the style of a cherry blossom, embody Cartier’s creative amplitude from naturalism to abstraction.

 

Necklace,

Cartier, 2018

Private collection

 

Set of brooches in the shape of fern branches

Cartier Paris, 1903

Cartier collection