A lot of anticipation and excitement has been circulating since it was announced that a Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition, dubbed the ‘The Art & Science of Gems’, is going to be open to all visitors who want to immerse themselves in this plethora of artistic creations.
Currently taking place at the majestic ArtScience Museum in Singapore, the event is scheduled to last until August 14th, 2016, depending on the reception it receives from industry professionals and jewellery lovers alike. The museum’s Executive Director, Honor Harger, described the exhibition as a candid homage to the artistic skill that goes into creating such exquisite jewellery, as well as an important insight into the scientific processes behind the refined formation of minerals, which eventually yield those gemstones we all adore. He went on to express his keen hope that the Van Cleef & Arpels showcase, which undoubtedly the highlight of the proceedings, will skillfully blend the disciplines of art, craft, history and geoscience to render a dramatic journey – one that will take visitors as far back as the origins of minerals in space, all the way to that transcendent moment when a gem is born and gleefully treasured as a work of organic genius.
This particular museum specialises in celebrating the visceral connection between those who pursue the arts and those who devote themselves to science. Indeed, at the centre of these seemingly disparate subjects, the same questions take precedence over all others: Who are we? Why are here? What does it mean? At the same time, the museum has earned a widespread reputation for recognising the combined beauty of art, history and geoscience. This exhibition will surely reinforce that reputation. On display there will be around 400 specifically chosen pieces plucked from the Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery collection. There will also be jewellery in the showcase that has been contributed by private collectors, as well as natural treasures and scientific artefacts arranged in participation with the French National Museum of Natural History, in Paris. All eyes are now on Van Cleef & Arpels, a French Maison which, since 1896, has soared to great esteem, elevated by their gilded floral and animalistic motifs, as well as their classic, often asymmetrical designs.
If you’d like to see more, or if you fancy a last minute trip to Singapore, don’t forget to visit the ArtScience Museum website and check out the latest examples of finery from the Van Cleef & Arpels collection.