LONDON’s Saatchi Gallery will be hosting a portrait exhibition titled Studio 7 by Cartier at the end of this month. The series of photographs will aim to celebrate the French jeweller’s seven most iconic collections, incorporating both watches and jewellery: Ballon, Juste Un Clou, Love, Panthère, Santos, Tank, Trinity.
Beginning in the past and watching the history of the House unfold through stories, Cartier will come to life in 2D across four galleries on the ground floor.
Yves Montand and Simone Signoret – Studio 7 by Cartier
The first part of the exhibition looks at some of the most iconic wearers of these Cartier creations through portraits. The black-and-white photographs will star the likes of Andy Warhol wearing his Tank watch to Tina Turner with her beloved Love bracelet. Between the icons of pop-culture, there will be displays of some of the first iterations of each piece; like going back to Paris in 1916 when the Santos watch finally manifested itself into reality.
Andy Warhol – Studio 7 by Cartier
The second gallery looks closer at today by displaying some of the Maison’s friends whom are all collectors of the brand. British photographer Mary McCartney will have her portraits of these individuals projected from the floor to the ceiling showcasing the likes of Glass cover star Emma Corrin, boxer Ramla Ali and milliner Stephen Jones, to name a few, as a part of this immersive Cartier orientated experience.
Ensuring that visitors feel like they can be a part of the Cartier family too, the third gallery will be transformed into a studio where you can be photographed wearing your favourite pieces from the brand. McCartney has mentored a hand-picked array of young, up-and-coming photographers to come and bring this to life making this a personal project to her, but also a special one for Cartier.
Jean Cocteau by Luc Fournol – Studio 7 by Cartier
Finally, the last room of Studio 7 is a dynamic space where all the personal anecdotes, stories of what Cartier means to each individual and portraits will come together to create a moving display.
Managing Director of Cartier UK, Laurent Feniou comments on this initiative, “I have always been fascinated by all the wonderful memories evoked by Cartier creations and shared not only by our friends of the Maison but also by our loyal clients. Whether passed down from generation to generation or a symbolic marker of a precious moment, we are thrilled to pay tribute to these unique stories in such an iconic London establishment that is Saatchi Gallery”.
by Imogen Clark
The show takes place from Friday 23 July to Sunday 8 August at the Saatchi Gallery, Ground Floor, Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
Monday – Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm, last entry: 5:30pm. Book here