From 1 June to 31 July, Cartier and The Palace Museum in Beijing are presenting Beyond Boundaries: Cartier and The Palace Museum Craftsmanship and Restoration Exhibition at the museum’s Meridian Gate Gallery. Following the success of Cartier Treasures – Jeweller to Kings, King of Jewellers, which was staged a decade ago, this cultural event celebrates the friendship between the famed jewellery house and China. In this exhibition, the encounter between Cartier creations and those of the Palace Museum is an invitation to travel through both time and space in order to appreciate the significance of the cultural connections between the treasures of the East and West.
What you can expect from this exhibition are over 800 pieces that date all the way back from the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) until the present, which are gathered from the Cartier Collection, the Maison’s archives, the collections of the Palace Museum, as well as public institutions that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Qatar Museums, Musée international d’horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), as well as private and princely collections.
As the title Beyond Boundaries suggests, the exhibition’s main aim is to create connections, and is an invitation to go beyond anything that separates and divides — not only classification, categories, frontiers, continents, and limits, but also anything that seems immutable like knowledge, certitude, definitions or preconceived ideas. What is hopefully created from all this is a free space where a new vision of creativity might emerge.