GRAND PALAIS, GALERIES NATIONALES, PARIS
Exhibition from March 15 through July 24, 2017
Three years after the Cartier retrospective Cartier, Style and History, the Cartier Collection was once again invited to the Grand Palais for an exhibition exploring the art history of gardens, a subject that is rarely on view in cultural institutions. Through an interdisciplinary assortment of paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and films, the garden was shown as a total work of art. The 17 pieces from the Cartier Collection that were selected by the exhibition curators depicted a figurative and poetic representation of nature. Flowers have been part of Cartier's vocabulary since the beginning: ranging from foliage and bouquets in platinum and diamonds in the Garland Style to the indulgent profusion of colors of the Tutti Frutti jewelry of the 1920s and the flowers "en relief" designed by Jeanne Toussaint in the 1930s.
The Cartier Collection was also on view at the Grand Palais in another exhibition: From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection.