The wonders of Van Cleef & Arpels
The exhibition "Van Cleef & Arpels: Time, Nature, Love" has just closed at Palazzo Reale which presented for the first time in Italy the universe of the Maison of High Jewelry through over 400 jewels, watches and precious objects created since its foundation in 1906. The exhibition celebrated the unique ability of the jewels to combine eternity and ephemeral, love and manufacture, beauty and art.
Divided into three sections - Time, Nature, Love, the exhibition was conceived taking inspiration from Italo Calvino's American lessons. Among archival documents, line drawings and gouache drawings, the origins of artistic creation have been witnessed by accompanying the precious specimens from the Van Cleef & Arpels Collection and private loans.
In balance between the eternal and the ephemeral, between tradition and fashion, the art of jewelry maintains a complex relationship with time: this extraordinary exhibition has illustrated the ability of Van Cleef & Arpels to interpret a fragmented time as that of the twentieth century and in representing both the perpetual values related to beauty and the fleeting power of seduction.