This exhibition unveils the influence of Islamic art on luxury jeweller Maison Cartier

This exhibition unveils the influence of Islamic art on luxury jeweller Maison Cartier

The lovingly curated 'Cartier, Islamic Inspiration and Modern Design' exhibition runs until March
31 January 24
Cartier: Louvre Abu Dhabi Image source: Unsplash: Nazar Skalatsky

The Louvre Abu Dhabi not only represents the first Louvre museum beyond the 1st arrondissement of Paris but also serves as a testament to architectural brilliance and cultural prominence.

Borne out of a unique partnership between the United Arab Emirates and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi transcends traditional boundaries with its diverse exhibitions and globally significant art collection.

And this exhibition, in collaboration with French luxury fashion and jewellery house, Maison Cartier, plays on and explores the unexpected and interesting dialogue between traditional Arabic and Islamic art, and the creations of Louis-François Cartier.

With an exhibit encompassing more than 400 items, pivoting on rich, intricate and priceless pieces of jewellery alongside several historic artefacts and masterpieces of Islamic art such as drawings, textiles, and photographs, this showcase highlights the profound impact of Islamic arts on Cartier's design evolution, spanning from the early 20th century through to modern times.

The French jewellery designed was inspired by the intricacies of Islamic art, and more specifically the seemingly symbiotic relationship between design, patterns, shapes and colours with the pivotal and essential focus of storytelling and meaning, which is indeed deeply woven within the fabric of Islamic and Arabic art, as it is within the culture too.

This Islamic interest, or rather inspiration, is exemplified in the intricate and impressive Cartier pieces on display, from decadently decorated tiaras to elegant bracelets and serpentine statement necklaces.

Enhancing the visitor experience, the exhibition will incorporate digital projections, captivating audiences by immersing them in the elaborate shapes and patterns that define Cartier's pieces inspired by Islamic arts.

Much like its Parisian counterpart, Louvre Abu Dhabi is an iconic destination that distinguishes itself as both an architectural marvel and a cultural beacon, inviting visitors to delve into a world where art, history, and innovation converge seamlessly.

Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the museum's distinctive dome is comprised of layered geometric patterns, creates a "rain of light" effect when sun shines through, seamlessly blending the modern structure with nature.

Louvre Abu Dhabi's mission is to foster cross-cultural dialogue by showcasing art spanning centuries and civilisations, offering visitors an enriching experience that transcends temporal and geographical constraints. With its commitment to universal accessibility, the museum serves as a dynamic hub for artistic exploration, education, and appreciation on the shores of the Arabian Gulf.

Until March 24, 2024