Xerjoff Magazine

Luxury over time


How has the concept of luxury changed during the various eras? The exhibition “Luxes”, in progress at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, tells us about it.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (107, rue de Rivoli) will host till 2nd May 2021 “Luxes”, an exhibition analysing the concept of luxury from ancient times to the contemporary age from a cultural and anthropological perspective. The choice of the title (Luxuries and not luxury) clarifies the philosophy underpinning the exhibition, that aims at showing how luxury, during the various eras and in different geographical areas, has taken different forms and meanings. Curated by Olivier Gabet, the event, that continues, with appropriate adaptations to the Western context, the experience of the exhibition “Dix mille ans de luxe” held in 2019 in Abu Dhabi, proposes 100 pieces of great value ranging from the world of art to fashion, design and jewellery. The works were selected with the purpose of identifying key moments in the history of the evolution of luxury and at the same time inviting visitors to reflect on the problems of the contemporary society, especially consumerism and awareness of the environmental issue.

Indeed, these very themes may bring luxury back to a more essential dimension after the exaggerations of the past, one where mankind is embodied in a poetic and creative reality, where freedom and transmission of “savoir-faire” are intimately united.

Above: YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge, (FallenTree), collection “Morning Mist”, 2011