I don’t know if it will be a cold winter, but autumn already makes you want to curl up on your sofa or go to a museum to admire the pretty exhibitions of the moment. It’s a good thing, because Paris is hosting three exhibitions that I think are a must-see. And New York, a presentation of Naomi Sarna’s creations that you shouldn’t miss if you are in the Big Apple! So get your diaries ready because it would be a shame to miss these four events!
1- “Lacloche Joaillier” exhibition – School of Jewellery Arts
Glory of the Parisian and even internationaljewellery industry, never before has an exhibition paid such a beautiful tribute to this ephemeral and famous house. Described as a “jewellery meteor” by Capucine Juncker in her excellent article, I can only agree with this excellent definition of a house that has left few traces. And which required a work as meticulous as obsessive to Laurence Mouillefarine and Véronique Ristelhueber. For it was the discovery of a collection of gouaches (kept in New York and now the property of Van Cleef & Arpels) that led to the creation of the book project and the current exhibition in Paris.
Gold, platinum, ruby, diamond and enamel bracelet. Made in 1938. Photo Benjamin Chelly
During your visit, you will discover almost 80 pieces from the house. Scattered all over the world, they come from all over the world. From Asia to the United States. My only regret is that I was not able to see in real life the Fontaine clock which is kept in the Al-Thani Collection and which could not come to Paris. But I can assure you that between the drawings, the jewels, the boxes and the clocks, you will be delighted by this superb exhibition which will not disappoint you.
And don’t forget to buy the remarkable monograph. I would almost bet my life that this book will become as rare as it is cult!
Until 20 December 2019
Free admission Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm
At the École des Arts Joailliers
31, rue Danielle Casanova, 75001 Paris
2- “Substantifique” exhibition at Galerie La Joaillerie by Mazlo
In keeping with its tradition of exhibitions that are as intelligent as they are surprising, Galerie Mazlo is hosting – in collaboration with the Alice Art Foundation – the exhibition Substantifique. The title of this new event alone intrigues me, delights me and awakens my childlike soul as well as that of the literature student I was a long time ago!
“Substantive”… So what could be behind this amazing title? I am already sure that you will have identified Rabelais’ famous expression in the prologue to Gargantua, which invites us to seize and savour the “substantive marrow” of a text in order to absorb and retain only the best. But also to decode things and signs to reveal allusions and hidden meanings. A whole programme to which the gallery’s invited jewellery designers responded with talent and imagination.
Brooches by Sungho Cho. Photo: La Joaillerie by Mazlo
You will find pieces by Alexander Blank, Sungho Cho, Karin Herwegh and Fabrizio Tridenti. These are four names that will force you to put your nose outside and think about the essence of a jewel and what it could be when you take away what is useless. A must-see!
Until 21 December 2019
Free admission Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm to 7pm
Gallery La Joaillerie par Mazlo
31, rue Guénegaud, 75006 Paris
3- Exhibition “Bijoux de collection” at La Galerie Parisienne
La Galerie Parisienne, a leading Parisian jewellery gallery, is repeating the exercise of a major exhibition with the “Bijoux de Collection” event, which proposes to present ninety emblematic pieces of jewellery.
With this event, Emmanuelle Chassard and Sébastien Moinet-Béchar propose to take a singular look at the history of jewellery: from the New Kingdom of Egypt to the exciting 1950s. While the exhibition is rich in pieces signed René Boivin or Suzanne Belperron, it also invites visitors to admire jewellery from the Middle Ages, the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as from Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Articulated silver bracelet composed of elements decorated with black and red enamelled ferns, sequenced with lines of white stones. Work of Jean Trottin. Circa 1925. Photo : La Galerie Parisienne
There is only one thing left to do, come and stroll through the gallery to admire the pieces and the installation. You have two and a half months to do so, so you have no excuse not to come. So come on in!
Until 31 January 2020
Free admission Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 7pm
La Galerie Parisienne
26 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
4- Exhibition “Naomi Sarna – Stone in motion” at the Wilensky Gallery in New York
An exhibition by Naomi Sarna is not to be missed. You have been warned. So, if you happen to be in New York, run to the Wilensky Gallery of Mineralogy to discover her new pieces that will be on display for a month, until December 20, 2019. On the programme, a magnificent work of lapidary doubled with a very beautiful work of jewellery. A work that is all the more unmissable because the stones presented are truly of remarkable quality. And then, it will be the occasion to travel in this very beautiful gallery that you will only appreciate! So, no hesitation possible.
Bracelet by Naomi Sarna in gold, diamonds and rock crystal. Photo: Naomi Sarna
See you soon!