© N.M.R.L./ Hiroshi Sugimoto + Tomoyuki Sakakida

“Cartier, Crystallization of Time” is now at The National Art Center, Tokyo

Text by Kurumi Fukutsu

“Cartier, Crystallization of Time” exhibition is currently on view at The National Art Center, Tokyo, through December 16th, 2019.

© N.M.R.L./ Hiroshi Sugimoto + Tomoyuki Sakakida

The exhibition showcases the unique and timeless pieces from Cartier’s archives, the works engaging in a dialogue with the earth and civilizations that transcends both time and space. Based on the theme “Crystallization of Time” and consisting of three sections, “Material Transformation and Colors,” “Forms and Designs,” and “Universal Curiosity,” this exhibition explores the realm of Cartier’s groundbreaking designs. Cartier has held over thirty exhibitions of its legendary Cartier Collection in the past, however this will be the first time in which its contemporary designs, notably works from the 1970s on, are being featured in addition to the collection exhibit. Nearly 300 precious pieces, many of which are a part of private collections from all over the world, will be on display in a never-before-seen scope―making this an opportunity not to be missed.

Large Portique mystery clock / Cartier Paris / 1923 / Cartier Collection / Marian Gérard, Cartier Collection © Cartier

This is also the first-ever collaboration with the New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL), headed by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida. Visitors are invited to a singular viewing experience as they walk through the cyclical space inspired by “time,” created with NMRL’s focus on merging traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, all evoked in contemporary detailing and finish.

Necklace / Cartier / 2016 / Private collection / Vincent Wulveryck © Cartier


Cartier, Crystallization of Time
Date: Now being held – December 16 (Mon.), 2019
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM (10 AM – 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays)
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed: Tuesdays
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo; Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by: The National Art Center, Tokyo; Nikkei Inc.
With the special cooperation of: Cartier
Inquiries: +81(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)



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