Medusa, bijoux et tabous / Medusa, jewellery and taboos

Art, Jewellery

A hypnotic look behind the myth and magic of jewellery.

Jewellery: fantastical adornment, luxury accessory and occasional torture devise. These objects have always had an ambiguous status - just like the mythical monster who this exhibition is named after. The creation of jewellery constitues one of the oldest and most universal forms of artistic expression. However, it hasn't always been considered art. 'Medusa' reinvents this idea while conserving its artisanal fabrication.

Whether decorative, fashionable, or a reflection of pop culture, the 400 treasures which make up this exhitbion highlight uses which are often overlooked. Created by renowned artists (Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Niki de Saint Phalle, René Lalique, etc.) but also anonymous works from all periods and all continents (prehistoric, Middle Ages, or punk), the jewellery from 'Medusa' are presented in four themes: identity, value, the body, and ritual. 

'Medusa' is an exhibition full of surprises, and if you let yourself, be hypnotised. 

By: Clotilde Gaillard


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