Top 5 Spanish-Language Things to Know about Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century

Top 5 Spanish-Language Things to Know about Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century may be an exhibition focused on a French jewelry design house, but they have an international reach. You may be surprised to know that at the DAM we are telling that story in English and Spanish. Here are the top five Spanish-language items you ought to know:

5. We have a translation booklet and audio guides en español. If you prefer to learn about the exhibition in Spanish, switch your adult and family audio guides to español. (Ask the friendly guest services associate for help.) Walk into the exhibition and pick up a booklet of the exhibition translation before you head too far into your experience. Read, listen, and explore the house of Cartier en inglés, en español, o los dos—it’s your choice.

4. Are you more tech-savvy? Read Spanish translations on an iPad. We may be showcasing Cartier in the twentieth century, but you can read the Spanish translations in a twenty-first century way. Check out an iPad Air equipped with the Spanish translation of the exhibition—for free. Just ask the audio-guide attendant, leave behind an ID, and swipe your way through the Spanish translation of the exhibition.

3. Attached to your own mobile device? Download a PDF of the translation. No need to spend your time at the museum looking for audio-guide kiosks or getting used to a new iPad. Download translations from home and bring your own device—¡qué brillante idea!

2. Pierre Raniero, Image, Heritage, and Style Director of Cartier, talked with Telemundo when he was in Denver. ¿Quién sabe? Cartier’s lead organizer of this exhibition is fluent in Spanish. Upon the opening of the exhibition, he described Cartier and Brilliant with Telemundo reporters. As they say in both French- and Spanish-speaking countries, qué genial.

1. La joyeria increíble de María Félix. María Félix, “La Doña,” was an iconic Spanish-language actress during the golden age of Mexican cinema. Her beauty and talents were renowned across Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Such a film legend needed a legendary look, and that’s where Cartier came in. Her famous jewels—including an articulated, diamond encrusted serpent and a pair of jeweled crocodiles that could perch around her neck—are unique to her style. As amazing as they sound, you can’t believe how extraordinary they are until you see them in person!

Image credit: 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.

Madalena Salazar is the Latino cultural programs coordinator in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Madalena has been at the DAM since 2011 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Mud Woman Rolls On. This piece reminds her of home, family, and community and serves as inspiration for her practice as a museum educator at the DAM.

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