Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity at the Dallas Museum of Art

Explore Islamic art’s influence on the objects created by Louis Cartier.


Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity

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There are only a few weeks left to see the dazzling exhibit, “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity,” at the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N Harwood St). The one-of-a-kind show debuted in Paris before making its sole North American show in Dallas back in May.

The collection explores how the French jewelry house Cartier was inspired by and adopted forms from Islamic art, architecture, and fashion to its modern design. Here’s what you need to know before the exhibit closes on Sun., Sept. 18.

Cartier history

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier. The first boutique opened in 1859, around the time it began its own archival department collecting antique designs. By 1874, Louis-Francois’ son, Alfred Cartier, took over the business and expanded the brand into its own showroom in Paris’ fashion district in 1899. Eventually, Alfred’s sons took over and helped the luxury line become a worldwide success.

About the exhibit

Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity features 400+ items on display and includes pieces from Cartier, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée du Louvre, and the Keir Collection of Islamic Art.

Visitors can explore the origins of Islamic influence on Cartier in the late 19th and 20th centuries and how Cartier used materials from India, Iran, and the Arab lands to create jewelry and art. About 40% of the exhibit focuses on jewelry and luxury items, while the rest explores historical photographs, design drawings, and works of Islamic art.

Noteworthy features

The dimly-lit exhibit features digital recreations of notebooks and sketchbooks from the Cartier archives. To give guests a better view, there are 10 super-high-resolution digital videos that project magnified pieces onto the wall, revealing how the jewelry was put together and the different structural elements.

View DMA’s website for more information on ticketing info and exhibit times.

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