Cartier et les arts de l’Islam. Aux sources de la modernité

from 21 October 2021 to 20 February 2022

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Dallas Museum of Art, in collaboration with Cartier, will present the exhibition Cartier and Islamic Art. In search of modernity at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs this Autumn.

Focusing on the exceptional creations of Louis Cartier, grandson of the jewelry house’s founder and a passionate student and collector of Arabesque art and artifacts, the exhibition will retrace Louis Cartier’s popularization of this style through his creations for Cartier, beginning with his involvement in the family business in 1898.

Finding inspiration in his travels to the Middle East and India along with his younger brother, Jacques Cartier, Louis Cartier began to favor the geometric and naturalistic patterns of Islamic Art as seen in many sketches, prototypes and jewels which became synonymous with the stylistic language of the house of Cartier. Louis Cartier himself curated exhibitions on Islamic Art and Jewelry at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1903 and 1912.