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Exhibitions/ Jewelry: The Body Transformed

Jewelry: The Body Transformed

At The Met Fifth Avenue
November 12, 2018–February 24, 2019

Exhibition Catalogue

Featuring more than 200 jewels and ornaments, this artfully designed catalogue illustrates how jewelry adorns and enhances the body.

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Exhibition Overview

What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meanings does it carry? Traversing time and space, this exhibition explores how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns. This global conversation about one of the most personal and universal of art forms brings together some 230 objects drawn almost exclusively from The Met collection. A dazzling array of headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings are shown along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs that enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells.

Accompanied by a catalogue.


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"Extravagant.... Replete with artistry, history and sheer luxury" —The Wall Street Journal

"Sparkling, glittering, and above all, fascinating" —The Daily Front Row

"Thoughtful.... tempting.... breathtaking"The Paris Review

"Brilliant in its conception and execution.... fulfilling, delightful" Woman Around Town

"Philosophically ambitious" —The New York Times

"Memorable ... the story of our enduring lust for wearable art" —Galerie Magazine

"Theatrical and highly effective" —Introspective Magazine

The exhibition is made possible by
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Additional support is provided by Ming Chu Hsu, Lulu and Anthony Wang, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Diane Carol Brandt, the Druckenmiller Foundation, Galerie Magazine, and Barbara A. Wolfe.

The catalogue is made possible in part by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

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