Denver Art Museum Will Dazzle in Fall 2014 with Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century

Featuring 250 objects, the exhibition illustrates the rich and glamorous history of Cartier

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will be the sole venue worldwide for Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, November 16, 2014–March 15, 2015. Featuring an assortment of jewelry, timepieces and precious objects produced between 1900 and 1975, the exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the brand’s evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxury accessories.

Necklace worn by Countess of Granard. Cartier London, special order, 1932. Platinum, diamonds, emerald. Height at center 8.80 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

“The evolution of Cartier takes us on a journey through 20th century history, from the era of the last Czars in Russia to the Roaring ‘20s in America to the onset of Hollywood glamour as we know it,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “We hope people come from near and far to take advantage of this rare opportunity and experience all that Denver and the Denver Art Museum have to offer.”

Brilliant will present a selection of themes ranging from Art Deco to old Hollywood glamour that cut across time periods and styles to display the immense influence and innovation of the brand. A special section focused on masculine items will offer a rare look at the items Cartier crafted especially for men, including the modern wristwatch.

The immersive installation will be designed by Nathalie Crinière, exhibition designer for Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. A fully illustrated publication accompanying the show will be available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building. Special exhibition tickets will go on sale summer 2014.

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Local support is provided by the contributors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4 and The Denver Post.

Media Resources