THE MAISON CARTIER EXHIBITION AND CANBERRA ARE COOL JUST LIKE THE WINTER WEATHER.
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is clear on its intent to promote art and culture to the masses.
It’s current large and visually spectacular exhibition of expensive jewellery. Its 2018 program on pages 8-9 provides the following information:
“Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring looms from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection. Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces brooches and earrings.
The Maison Cartier dominated 20th century jewellery designs with its innovative approach to style and engineering, and the impact glamorous jewellery can make. Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia.
This exhibition explores Cartier’s glittering international clientele, with highlights including Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch; the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William; Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring; Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace; and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.
In addition to an array of jewellery, timepieces and precious objects, Cartier: The Exhibition provides unprecedented insight into the history of Cartier through a selection of original preparatory drawings, portraits, historic photographs, film, advertisements, and jewellery-making tools and equipment.
Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th Century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events, and beautifully curated, <with a> fully illustrated catalogue.”
Quotes from the Cartier exhibition pepper the NGA 2018 Program, such as:
“The jewelry (sic) was glorious, rippling red on blue like a painting.”
– Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Cartier: The Exhibition is located within the NGA in the suburb of Parkes in Canberra, ACT. The exhibition is costed between $20 and $27 per person. The audio guide hire is $7. There is a premium experience to the exhibition from between $45-55 per person. This is a worthwhile exhibition for everyone to see once in their life. A cover story by Helen Musa in Canberra’s City News says the Cartier jewels are unforgettable.
Once you have bought your ticket, free exhibition tours are available daily at 11am and 2pm. The Cartier: The Exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm until and including 22 July 2018. For further information, see www.nga.gov.au
Canberra is a cold city in winter and it is a good idea to bring plenty of warm clothes to wear while on your Canberra visit. The cloakroom in the foyer of the NGA will look after your outer coat for free until closing time when you visit Cartier: The Exhibition.
Text: NGA copyright 2018 and Fiona Rothchilds 2018.
Photographs and images: NGA copyright 2018 and Fiona Rothchilds 2018.
Uploaded 26 June 2018.