From October 24th 2012, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will present, for the first time in Spain, a selection of jewelry, timepieces and precious accessories belonging to the Cartier Collection. This “Cartier” exhibition, one of the largest organized to date, offers a unique opportunity to admire more than 400 of the Maison's historic pieces.
These creations reflect the spirit and artistic evolution of Cartier since it was founded in Paris in 1847. A fascinating retrospective that gives the opportunity to marvel at Cartier´s creativity expressed through jewelry making. These extraordinary designs by the Maison led Cartier to be named “King of Jewelers and Jeweler to Kings” by Edward VII.
The exhibition covers all the stylistic periods of the Maison: the Garland style of the early 20th century, Art Deco of the 30s and 40s, exotic inspiration from Russia, India, China and Egypt, which enriched the Maison´s creativity thanks to various voyages made by the Cartier brothers in the first half of the 20th century, as well as Cartier´s iconic timepiece creations. Notably, the exclusive pieces created for illustrious figures such as Mexican actress María Félix, the Duchess of Windsor, a loyal lifelong Cartier client, or actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose most symbolic diamond and ruby necklace will be exhibited for the first time.