Karl Fritsch, untitled, 2004, glass stones, oxidized silver, 3 1/2 × 2 × 2". From “Medusa: Jewelry and Taboos.”



Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
May 19–November 5

Curated by Anne Dressen with Michèle Heuzé and Benjamin Lignel

This exhibition might be the most ambitious project dealing with jewelry ever conceived for a museum. The titular reference to taboos relays that while gems may be popular within institutions of applied arts, they are historically not welcome in fine-art contexts (too marginal, craft-oriented, precious, or ornamental). Transcending chronological and geographic categorizations, the curators will bring together more than four hundred pieces of jewelry to be displayed around four themes—identity, value, body, and ritual. The selection will include objects ranging from prehistorical adornments to iconic artifacts of contemporary pop culture (Michael Jackson’s glove will be on view), as well as bijoux d’artistes by everyone from Anni Albers to Danny McDonald. Visitors will rediscover design from Lalique and Tony Duquette alongside high-end jewelers like Cartier and Bucellati. A catalogue will accompany the show, with essays by historians and theoreticians Arlette Farge and Glenn Adamson, among others.