Les Arts Decoratifs will exhibit the collection of Diane Venet, a collector of jewellery by artists for more than 30 years – March 7 – July 8th

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The collector of artists jewellery will share her treasures, 230 which include pieces by Alexander Calder to Jeff Koons, as well as Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle, César, Takis, and even Louise Bourgeois, among many others. The exhibition will be at Les Arts Decoratifs starting March 7th – July 8th.

Wim Delvoye questioned religion in his Moebius ring-shaped crucifix pendants “the Memento mori”. Grayson Perry transposed into jewellery and ceramics his female avatars. Niki de Saint Phalle translated her playful image of her famous Nanas to the scale of the jewel. Yayoi Kusama evoked the ‘Constrained Body with her oversized wool necklace and ORLAN’S brooch transcends the codes of beauty by referring to her series  of Self Hybridization. The poetic universes of Fausto Melotti and the lacerated monochrome surfaces of Lucio Fontana  work themselves into bracelets. Humour and irony on the “American way of life” are found in the jewellery of pop artists Roy Lichtenstein to Robert Rauchenberg. Symbols of consumption in the form of compressions and accumulations appear in the new realists, Caesar and Arman. Moving elements are found in the Kinetic Art of Pol Bury while Takis formulates original propositions on magnetism. Then there are the minimalists and conceptual artists like Sol leWitt’s unique rings made for his daughters and then the timeless art of Pierrette Bloch with motifs duplicated into infinity. The Young British Artists like Damien Hirst or the Chapman Brothers also appear with their provocations from the 90’s. There are also the pieces from Erwin Wurm and Ai Weiwei and Claude Leveque and Jean-Luc Moulene who made special pieces requested by and for Diane Venet. The exhibition reflects the history of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Diane Venet’s passion for creation in all its forms.

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Les Arts Decoratifs

107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.