MEDUSA – Bijoux et tabous

chp07 Triller ring by Hannes Wettstein will be shown at the MEDUSA exhibition from May 19th to November 5th 2017 in the The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. MEDUSA is an exhibition taking a contemporary and unprecedented look at jewellery, unveiling a number of taboos.


Jewellery elicits undeniable reactions of “attraction/repulsion”, depending on who designs it, wears it, or looks at it, much like the terrifying face of the mythical Medusa. Though jewellery is one of the most ancient forms of human expression, it is rarely considered art, often still perceived as too feminine, precious, decorative and of the body, or even primitive. But contemporary artists and creators have taken jewellery far beyond its own traditions, and by reinventing it, have transformed our gaze.


The museum presents more than 400 pieces organised thematically: those made by artists (Anni Albers, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Alexander Calder,  Louise Bourgeois, Lucio Fontana, Niki de Saint Phalle, Fabrice Gygi, Thomas Hirschhorn, Danny McDonald, Sylvie Auvray…), designers (René Lalique, Suzanne Belperron, Line Vautrin, Art Smith, Tony Duquette, Bless, Nervous System…), contemporary jewellers (Gijs Bakker, Otto Künzli, Karl Fristch, Dorothea Prühl, Seulgi Kwon, Sophie Hanagarth…), fine jewellers, as well as anonymous or more ancient pieces (Cartier, Victoire de Castellane, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati…). The MEDUSA exhibition brings together pieces that are one of a kind with others that exist in multiple copies, and are made by hand, industrially, or even by computer, thus allowing visitors to compare and contrast refined, artisanal, and futuristic aesthetics.


Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

11 avenue du Président Wilson – 75116 Paris
Tél : 01 53 67 40 00

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission 5.15 pm)
Evening opening for exhibitions only, on Thursday until 10 pm (last admission 9.15 pm)

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