Don't Miss Brilliant: a "Riveting" Exhibition that "Illuminates a Century of a Greatly Changing World"

Don't Miss Brilliant: a "Riveting" Exhibition that "Illuminates a Century of a Greatly Changing World"

We love what people are sharing about Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Below are just some of the media reviews and online comments we’ve seen. We'd love to hear about your adventures at Brilliant. Please use the #DAMBrilliant hashtag.

In the News

More than jewelry: “Up front, I'm going to admit that I know very little about jewelry (I don't even wear a watch), but I do know a lot about the history of style as it revealed itself in Paris in the twentieth century, and I've got a good handle on the characteristics of fine craft, as well. So if a person like myself, who has little interest in or knowledge of gems and precious metals, found this show riveting–against my own expectations–that really says something about how well done it is.” – Michael Paglia, Westword

A glimpse of history & humans: "The hope is that visitors will emerge knowing more about the 20th century than they did going in. Brilliant was tailor-made for Denver. It’s not a touring show. Want to see these items, many of which were gathered from private collections and are only on loan, rarely seen before and not likely to be seen much after this exhibition? This is your only chance to stare at them and hope to catch a glimpse of history and humans now half forgotten." - Elizabeth Miller, Boulder Weekly

Things for guys too: “The Denver Art Museum highlights the masculine side of Cartier in its new exhibition, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. For jewelry designer Todd Reed “a commemorative clock is a standout piece in the ['Masculine View'] section.” “It’s so masculine and there’s so much intention in the architecture of the piece and the choice of materials,” Reed says. “There’s so much power in this and that immediately struck me.” - Stephanie Wolf, CPR

Real people: “After several rooms of clocks, jewelry, and smoking accessories, visitors are greeted by a giant film screen. Grace Kelly is there, blonde and beautiful. So is Elizabeth Taylor, arms and neck sparkling, even in black and white. Marilyn Monroe sings about diamonds being a girl's best friend - "Cartier!" Suddenly, the delicate and beautiful objects seen for the last hour are attached to real people. Their style and persona are visible in the items. You can see the time and context for the detailed and ornate work. The show clicks.” - Josh Rhoten, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Asian influences: “The exhibit also shows how the influence of the Ballet Russes dance company, which had foreign-themed costumes and sets designed by artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, helped create a demand for jewelry influenced by Egyptian, Islamic and Indian styles. After World War I, that gave Cartier the freedom to use new materials and designs beyond the traditional diamond and gem creations that had been sought in conservative society.”– Colleen Slevin, Associated Press

Smoking section: “…the exhibit also includes a more unusual section: ‘The Art of Smoking’ focuses on the glamorous smoking accessories favored by fashionable women during the first half of the 20th century, when smoking became a common activity for men and women of all classes.” – Erica Schwiegershausen, New York Magazine

Pushing the boundaries: “Whether you’re interested in historical design or simply want to gawk at jewels owned by royalty and Hollywood glitterati (like Princess Grace’s 10.5-carat, emerald cut engagement ring), get to Denver before March 15, 2015; this exclusive exhibit won’t be on view anywhere else. Taking in such a wide range of pieces together truly reveals the extent to which Cartier pushed the borders of aesthetics, technology and design.” —Amiee White Beazley, Departures magazine

On Social Media

@julie_stone “Incredible craftsmanship.”

@AnicaPadilla “The Cartier exhibit at @DenverArtMuseum is dazzling!”

‏@ShannonCGL “Thank you @DenverArtMuseum #DAMBrilliant exhibit truly the definition of #Awesome! Perfect way to start the #holiday.”

@SimonsonTeam “The Denver Art Museum has done it again. The Brilliant Cartier in the 20th Century is a must!”

@Shoobee2 “Brilliant--Cartier in the 20th Century. Major bling and very beautiful! #DAMBrilliant #denverartmuseum #bling”

‏@shempenny “So. Much. Awesome! #DAMBrilliant #Paris #Denver @ Denver Art Museum”

@goplayDenver “Wow. Already in awe in the very first room at #DAMBrilliant @DenverArtMuseum Simply stunning.”

@Ms_rachelgarcia “Photos cannot do these jewels justice”

@lionelbienvenu “RT @dyahayuni: do you recommend that exhibition?---> yes this is spectacular. @DenverArtMuseum @TheNowDenver #DAMBrilliant”

@marionfasel: “It is well worth a trip to #Denver to see Brilliant: #Cartier in the 20th Century.”

Image credits: Jeanne Toussaint posing for a style shoot in the 1920s. Toussaint was not only a talented designer, but also a style icon. She was known for her unusual and modern style, often featuring pearls, turbans, and oriental silks. Private Collection © Cartier. Alfred Cartier (second from right) surrounded by his sons. From left to right: Pierre, Louis, and Jacques, 1922. Cartier Archives. © Cartier.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Every day at the museum she is reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."