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Time, nature and love according to Van Cleef & Arpels


An exhibition now running at Palazzo Reale in Milan celebrates the history of Van Cleef & Arpels, renowned brand of fine jewellery. Over 400 pieces exhibited including jewellery, watches and precious objects.

The exhibition “Van Cleef & Arpels: time, nature, love” is now running until next 23rd February at Palazzo Reale in Milan (Piazza del Duomo 12). Dedicated to the famous French fine jewellery maison, the exhibit showcases, for the first time in Italy, over 400 pieces of jewellery, watches and precious objects made since 1906, year of foundation of the brand. The exhibition, curated by Alba Cappellieri, is set up in the Prince’s Apartment and in the Tapestry Rooms and uses the elegant scenography of designer Johanna Grawunder. The exhibition is structured around three concepts: time, nature and love, considered as the core values of the maison.

The first section on time develops across ten rooms: the first is dedicated to Paris, then exoticism and the five values that writer Italo Calvino identified in his book “Six memos for the next Millennium”, that the curator drew inspiration from for the exhibition: lightness, quickness, visibility, exactitude, multiplicity. Finally, the last rooms of the section focus on the interactions of the brand with other disciplines such as ballet, fashion and architecture. The section on love presents instead creations – love testimonies and tokens – expressing the power of the feelings characterising some great passions of 20th Century, that have now become a myth. Finally, the last three rooms of the exhibition are dedicated to nature with botany, flora and fauna. An enchanted world dominated by the brand’s high-end craftsmanship and by its constant search for harmony.