TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND PROCEED WITH EYES WIDE OPEN. YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER A WORLD WITHIN THE WORLD, A MICROCOSM OF JEWELRY AT THE INTERSECTION OF DESIGN AND LITERATURE, ENCAPSULATING THE TIMELESS HERITAGE OF VAN CLEEF & ARPELS.
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Illustration by INKYCUBANS

As you enter the Milanese Palazzo Reale, look around and breathe in the luxurious air of court life, once the heart of political affairs, a centuries-old royal residence. These rooms have seen the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Picasso and Van Gogh, Chagall, Caravaggio, Boccioni and Kandinsky, Klimt, Monet, Warhol and Dalí.
Today they host Van Cleef & Arpels. Over 400 pieces of jewelry, watches and precious objects—produced since the establishment of the Maison in 1906—are exhibited alongside archival documents, sketches and gouache designs, deconstructing the creative process and leading you through the intricacies of artistic thought that gave life to these poetic creations.
The Palazzo looks different with walls draped in red silk, surfaces covered in gold leaf, pink and aquamarine lighting, showcases made from plexiglass, mirrors transforming and amplifying the space around you. Everything reflects and refracts in everything, echoing the luminosity and shimmer of the jewels, with a scenography designed by Johanna Grawunder.
You enter Time, Nature and Love.
Guiding you through a maze of gold, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, platinum and sapphires is the curator of the exhibition, Alba Cappellieri. Connecting the Maison and Time through the literary work of Italo Calvino, she accompanies you to the various rooms of the Palazzo—Paris, Exoticism, Lightness, Quickness, Visibility, Exactitude, Multiplicity—followed by intersections with Dance, Couture and Architecture. After you have passed Time, you will enter the Love section, displaying precious and symbolic romantic gifts, for love was at the very origin of the Maison. Once you have satisfied your hunger for love, dive into Nature—flowers, birds, animals, colors and shapes—an inexhaustible source of beauty and inspiration for an artistic soul.
Pieces of the puzzle come together as you immerse yourself in this divine concoction of exquisite jewelry, modern scenography and elite literature. The seemingly complex interrelations become clear as you walk through the exhibition from one creation to another, savoring and relishing, allowing the story to tell itself.
Join the experience at Palazzo Reale in Milan, from November 30, 2019, to February 23, 2020.
THE JEWELRY ICON

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