Now at the Tokyo National Museum: The Art of Bulgari

Italian jewellery finesse


By Su Fen Tan

Now at the Tokyo National Museum: The Art of Bulgari

An exclusive retrospective presented by the Tokyo National Museum and Bulgari, the exhibition has approximately 250 pieces created by the renowned Italian jeweller over four decades on display. Path your way through the history of Bulgari’s eclectic creativity and style evolution since the end of 19th century; from “Art Déco” jewels from the 1920s-1940s, to artisanal “tremblant” brooches of the 1950s and 1960s, to opulent pieces from the 1980s and 1990s.

Jewels have inevitably been involved in the celebration of special moments and sentimental relationships. In a special set-up to recall the love affair of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a selection of jewels from the personal collection of Taylor, bought by Bulgari back in 2011, is showcased alongside the original costumes the actress wore in the movie set of Cleopatra (where their love sparked) and the wedding dress she wore when she married Burton in 1964. It was a romance sealed by spectacular Bulgari pieces—the engagement ring features a 7.40 octagonal step-cut Columbian emerald and 12 pear-shaped diamonds.

Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin thus commented: ” Since longtime we wanted to set up a major retrospective in Japan as a tribute to one of our most important markets worldwide. This year we are very happy to finally bring this show to fruition for Japanese public in collaboration with one of the most important museums in the Country. Visitors will be able to discover the scope and power of Bulgari’s innovation through more than 130 years, fuelled by the unique heritage of its Roman roots”.

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The Art of Bulgari: 130 Years of Italian Masterpieces will run at the Tokyo National Museum till 29 November 2015.



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