The Design Museum in London will play host to Cartier in Motion, an exhibition on french jewellery and watchmaker Cartier. The exhibition will explore the creativity of Cartier watchmaking from a design perspective, and has been curated by architect Norman Foster and co-curated by Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum director.
A Cartier Santos wristwatch and a Tank wristwatch were recently acquired by the Design Museum collection and included in its permanent exhibition, Designer Maker User, at its new home in Kensington High Street. This led to discussions between Sudjic and Foster to curate an exhibition on the theme of Cartier and design.
A total of 170 exhibits are primarily pieces from the Cartier Collection as well as loans from the Collection of the Monaco Princely Palace Collection, the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget airport and the Rockefeller Center. Extracts from a scrapbook found in the Cartier archives complement the exhibits with insights into the research work of the designers at the Maison.
The exhibition will explore six main themes:
1. The evolution of Paris and its influence on Cartier shapes.
2. Louis Cartier's connections with Santos-Dumont and other pioneers of the age.
3. The birth of the modern wristwatch.
4. The everyday and sophisticated accessories designed to cater to a glamorous inter-war lifestyle.
5. The evolution of Cartier watch designs.
6. Cartier craftmanship, with a focus on mystery clocks and skeleton movements.
Cartier in Motion runs from 25 May to 28 July 2017. For more information, visit www.designmuseum.org