Salvador Dalí, *Cuillère* brooch, 1957; Robert Rauschenberg, *Untitled* brooch, 1990; and Niki de Saint-Phalle, *L'Oeil* brooch, 1991.

Jewelry by Picasso, Lichtenstein, and Stella go on Display in Paris

An exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris showcases Diane Venet's extraordinary collection of wearable art

Diane Venet. Photo: Damian Noszkowicz

There is such a thing as art that travels with you—on you, actually. Just ask Diane Venet, wife of French conceptual artist Bernar Venet, who has been collecting artists’ jewelry for more than three decades. Her passion for these wearable artworks began the day her husband fashioned a thin silver band around her finger to make her wedding ring. Now Venet’s collection of more than 230 pieces, along with several exceptional examples from other owners, are on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The tangled curves of a Frank Stella ring, the kicky colors of a Roy Lichtenstein brooch, and the smirking fawn on a Picasso pendant, among other rare adornments, all reflect artistic genius on a deliciously intimate scale. March 7–July 8,

Frank Stella, Untitled ring, 2010. Photo: Brian Moghadam
Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head, 1968.
César, Compression pendant with chain, 1960s.
Lucio Fontana, Bracelet Elisse Concetto Spaziale, 1967.


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