Chaumet celebrates the art of shift
After literature and nature, Maison Chaumet unveils a new facet of its jewelery culture, on the occasion of its last exhibition at 165, boulevard Saint-Germain, from October 1 to November 2, 2019. Around a series of photographs by Julia Hetta, Autrement explores the art of appropriating a jewel by wearing it according to the fashions and its fantasy, with audacity and creativity.
Forehead jewels or ironwork, necklaces braided in a hairstyle, bracelets worn on the shoulder or ankle … From the Italian Renaissance to the fashion statements of today, the jewel lends itself to all games. Freed from his primary function, he dresses the body, clothes or hair and becomes a valuable accessory. Cultivating since 1780 his Parisian spirit, constantly reinventing himself with the arts and fashion, the Maison Chaumet has been illustrated throughout its history in the creation of jewels to wear differently. Witness the drawings and archival photographs of the House, where the jewel astonishes and questions: necklace or diadem? bracelet or bust adornment? brooch or pendant? …
Revisiting this secular bias with modernity, the exhibition Autrement offers an unprecedented dialogue between art and fashion, history and trends, the heritage of the House and its contemporary creations. Among the Chaumet archives and jewels of yesterday and today, the works of the great masters are digitized, while the photographs of Julia Hetta are staged in 25 historical frames dating from the 15th to the 19th century, on loan from Maison Lebrun. The Swedish photographer signs a series of images inspired by the Dutch masters and the art of the Renaissance. Haute Joaillerie necklaces become headbands, bowls necklace “Jeux de Liens” and “Liens séduction” are worn shoulder strap or anklet, “Espiègleries” pins take the shape of precious hair clip, an alliance “Liens Évidence” tightens a lock of hair, bracelets “Josephine Aigrette” are worn like palm jewels, the cocktail ring “A Bee My Love” is transformed into a scarf ring … So many style exercises to appropriate and invitations to reinvent the way to wear jewelry.
La Maison Le Brun
La Maison Le Brun Probably one of the oldest executive merchants in the world, the Maison Lebrun, created in 1847 in Paris, remained in the same family since then.
For six generations, this house has been accompanying private collectors, galleries, decorators and international museums for framing old, modern and contemporary paintings. Among its prestigious clients are the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Liechtenstein Museum, the Metropolitan Museum or still the National Gallery of London. She notably framed La Vierge aux rochers (The Virgin with the rocks), of Leonardo da Vinci, for the Louvre Museum, and Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (The Breakfast on the Grass), by Edouard Manet, for the Musée d’Orsay. At the beginning of the twentieth century, thanks to her antenna on the Fifth Avenue in New York, she had among her clients the Rockefeller family.
Virginie Fouquin-Lebrun, who runs the gallery today, is pleased to present the work done with Maison Chaumet for this exhibition.
More information on: https://www.chaumet.com/fr/chaumet-165
165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
October 01, 2019 to November 02, 2019