Van Cleef & Arpels and the Paris Museum of Natural History jointly organize the exhibition ‘Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems’, which integrates in a unique way Arts, craftsmanship, history, and geosciences together showcase the craftsmanship behind fine jewelry design and the formation of minerals and gems on the earth. The Art and Science of Gems exhibition is currently on display at the Singapore Museum of Art and Science, and Cate Blanchett, a friend of the brand, is invited to kick off this unique exhibition.
‘Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems’ is a unique exhibition that simultaneously explores the artistic skills required for fine jewelry design and the inevitable process of minerals and gems forming on the earth. The ArtScience Museum is a center that explores art and science, and its role in shaping the creative process of society. It aims to show how things are created through the emotional bonds created by art and the interpretation of science through its exhibitions and projects, so that people can fully understand the nature of things. More than 400 treasures presented in this exhibition are from Van Cleef & Arpels’s collections and private collectors’ selections, which reflect the poetry, exquisite craftsmanship and unique technology of the family.
VanCleef & Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels: TheArtandScienceofGems exhibition is designed and implemented by JouinManku firm, VCA has a long-term special friendship with them. In 2006, the prelude was played at Fontaine Plaza. Over the years, this architecture and design firm has completed numerous projects, including exhibitions, for fine jewelry families around the world.
Invited by L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels Academy of Jewelry and Watches, important natural treasures and scientific relics displayed side by side with these stunning works are from the French National Museum of Natural History) is an internationally renowned collection of minerals and gems. This exhibition integrates art, craftsmanship, history and geographic science in a very distinctive way. This exhibition will take visitors on a dramatic journey through the evolution of minerals from the center of the earth to the ground, while exploring how extraordinary craftsmanship has transformed these rare minerals into masterpieces of art.
About the ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum, located in Marina Bay Sands, is the premier cultural institution in Southeast Asia and specializes in exploring the interrelationships between art, science, technology and culture. The iconic lotus-style building features 21 display galleries, totaling 50,000 square feet, and is the stage for some major exhibitions by key artists of the 20th century, including Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol ) And Vincent Van Gogh, the main exhibition venue for exploring the history of science.
As a symbolic landmark of the Marina Bay Coastal Area, the Museum of Art and Science is a vivid reflection of the theme of art and science. Designed by the famous architect Moshie Safdie, the shape is reminiscent of a lotus flower. The visionary chairman of Sheldon, Marina Bay Sands Corporation, LasVegasSandsCorp Mr. Sheldon Adelson called it ‘The Welcome Hand of Singapore’. The shape of the building is composed of 10 ‘fingers’ and is fixed in the center by a unique circular base. The interior of the finger is a unique gallery space. Natural lighting from the fingertips illuminates the vivid and engraving-like interior walls. The roof of the Museum of Art and Science can store rainwater and form a water channel that passes through the center of the structure and is poured into the reflection pool below the building. After that, the rainwater recirculates and is redirected, creating a continuous cylindrical waterfall through the water potential.
Jouin Manku’s immersive stage setting
As an internationally renowned architecture and design office, Jouin Manku has conceived an immersive stage arrangement for this exhibition. With nearly 450 creations and 250 minerals, you are invited to experience the in-depth journey of the history of gems and jewelry. For harmony with the unique environment of the ArtScience Museum, a metaphorical design of lotus shapes, Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku draw inspiration from nature to create A set of stage layout design was designed to make everything created by the power of the earth blend with the world of Van Cleef & Arpels in a charming and magical atmosphere.
Friends of the brand Cate Blanchett arrives at the Art and Science of Gems exhibition in Singapore
Each display gallery is decorated with a variety of scenic decorations, bringing gems and minerals together. We can appreciate these jewellery works from various angles, and place them in a slender transparent display tube as if floating in the air. The gems from the Natural History Museum of Paris are displayed on highly uneven hexagonal columns, which means to reproduce the shape of the original crystal. The two worlds are sometimes trapped in the same box, telling of the seemingly acquaintances between the two. The gems born millions of years ago and the forgings of human hands forged a story of past and present.
Visitors walk through the exhibition halls one after another, as if immersed in an almost eternal mysterious atmosphere. From night blue to dark green, the change of light and shadow adds a sense of presence. In order to guide the walking route, colored cotton curtains give a sense of space rhythm, creating a light and smooth environment. The exhibition’s exclusive 1500 square meter exhibition hall is completely changed through the stage layout, subtly embellishing the perfection of the exhibits, and the audience is in the realm of fantasy and treasure.
Innovative teaching tools
The Museum of Art and Science at Marina Bay Sands specializes in exploring the interrelationships between art, science, technology and culture. For a cross-generational audience, what sets the exhibition apart is the rich content (text, video, audio, etc.) that promotes understanding and exploration. This emphasis on disseminating knowledge fits well with Van Cleef & Arpels. To this end, a large number of teaching tools are used throughout the exhibition. Movies, interactive events, and games enrich visitors’ experiences and immerse them in the fascinating world of gems and jewelry.
Audio navigation app
To assist visitors, a free audio-guided application that can be downloaded from your smartphone can provide supplemental content as you explore the exhibition. At the entrance of each exhibition hall, a digital world is greeted: the theme of the exhibition hall and the history of Van Cleef & Arpels’ selection, and the birth of gems is passed through the Natural History Museum of Paris. The collection of gems and minerals is depicted in a lively way. A set of creative highlights are highlighted through special and fascinating displays, injecting an interesting atmosphere into the audio guide. The public can interact with projects projected on the screen: challenges include redesigning gems at the fingertips, recognizing Van Cleef & Arpels inspiration on world maps, and capturing butterflies through enhanced realism. The entire exhibition is packed with entertainment, learning and exploration.
Cate Blanchett carefully visits The Art and Science of Gems exhibition at the grand exhibition of the Singapore Museum of Art and Science
Close contact with the work
In order to exhibit a piece of jewellery up close, an innovative optical system called ‘exobox’ completes the theme of nature. The installation three-dimensionally projects the image of the Bouquet brooch created in 1938, making the work seem to float in the air. The yellow gold, topaz, and sapphire used in the new angle suddenly look like a new angle, as if within reach. During the exhibition, visitors can also experience the behind-the-scenes production of Van Cleef & Arpels’Van Cleef & Arpels design through interactive visits to the Paris Fontaine Workshop. In the movie theater, touch screens guide visitors to explore the superb craftsmanship of fine jewelry.
At the same time, nine short films were completed by French directors Loic Prigent and Willy Papa, featuring family artisans. Gem Craftsmen, Inlay Craftsmen, Gem Sourcing Experts, and more: Van Cleef & Arpels’s Golden Hands (Mains d’ Or ™) passionately share their craft secrets. In the cinema, a digital version of the exhibition catalog is also available to the public. Content combined with rich text and pictures, you can browse the work as you want and get more videos.