Tiffany & Co. is embarking on the next chapter of its Vision & Virtuosity exhibition, bringing over 400 objects from the Maison’s archives to London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery—a visual chronicle of the storied jeweler since its founding in New York City in 1837, which also marks Tiffany’s 150th anniversary in London.
The display takes visitors on a journey through everything from archival high jewelry designs, Tiffany’s famed window displays and its recently acquired Empire Diamond of over 80 carats, to important relics of popular culture such as the original script from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It is a celebration of Tiffany’s authority as the purveyor of the world’s finest diamonds and a showcase of how two core values—vision and virtuosity—have guided the Maison for 185 years.
“‘Vision & Virtuosity’ tells the extraordinary story of one of the oldest luxury jewelers, through its nearly 200-year history of pioneering creativity, legendary craftsmanship and sourcing of the world’s most extraordinary diamonds and gemstones,” said Anthony Ledru, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co. The exhibition is organized into seven chapters that will explore separate themes that are central to Tiffany’s brand identity, heritage, and creative influence.
Upon entering Saatchi Gallery, guests will explore founder Charles Lewis Tiffany’s legacy and, in the subsequent sections, experience the works of some of the Maison’s most creative forces, such as Jean Schlumberger and Elsa Peretti. The third chapter is devoted to the annual Blue Book high jewelry collection, while the fourth room is centred on Tiffany’s heritage in the world of love and commitment, having introduced the iconic Tiffany® Setting engagement ring in 1886. The fifth space is devoted to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, while the penultimate chapter is a spectacle of diamonds, dedicated to Tiffany’s renowned diamond creations. At the culmination of the exhibition, guests will have an opportunity to view the legendary 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond.
Tiffany has always been synonymous with elegance, innovative design, fine craftsmanship and creative excellence and Vision & Virtuosity celebrates the House’s most defining moments, showcases the incredible collection of archives, and exemplifies why Tiffany & Co. is such an iconic brand,” said Alexandre Arnault, Executive Vice President, Product and Communications, Tiffany & Co.
The exhibition perfectly captures the long-standing heritage in bridging tradition and modernity, conscious that Tiffany & Co. has always held a unique position within culture. The same thing can also be said about Saatchi Gallery. Indeed, since 1985, it has provided an innovative platform for contemporary art and this approach has made it one of the most recognised names in the art world. A perfect pairing.
An accompanying exhibition catalogue, with a foreword by the late André Leon Talley and text by Vivienne Becker, presents the exhibition’s highlights, showcasing creations by everyone from Louis Comfort Tiffany and Gene Moore to Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, John Loring, and the House’s most influential visionaries.
Additionally, an exclusive curation of artist collaborations and limited-release items will be available. Vision & Virtuosity debuts at Saatchi Gallery on June 10 and will run through August 19, 2022.