LONDON, UK (4 April 2022) — Tiffany & Co. presents the “Vision & Virtuosity” exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, bringing over 400 objects from the House’s archives to London. A visual chronicle of the storied jeweller since its founding in New York City in 1837, “Vision & Virtuosity” takes visitors on a journey through everything from archival high jewellery 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 House for 185 years.
“‘Vision & Virtuosity’ tells the extraordinary story of one of the oldest luxury jewellers, 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. “This exhibition perfectly captures our long-standing heritage in bridging tradition and modernity. We are thrilled to share the world of Tiffany & Co. and our unique high jewellery style with London.”
Each of the exhibition’s seven chapters 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 House’s most creative forces such as Jean Schlumberger and Elsa Peretti. The third chapter is devoted to the annual Blue Book high jewellery 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.
“Since its inception, Tiffany & Co. has held a unique position within culture,” said Alexandre Arnault, Executive Vice President, Product & Communications, Tiffany & Co. “‘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.”
An accompanying exhibition catalogue, available in two sizes, 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. With a foreword by the late Andre Leon Talley and text by Vivienne Becker, the 160-page text is published by Assouline New York and will be available in the exhibition’s gift shop, as well as at Tiffany’s Old Bond Street store, beginning on 10 June 2022.
Additionally, an exclusive curation of artist collaborations and limited-release items in Tiffany Blue® will be available at the gift shop. Collaborations include T-shirts and hoodies designed by Daniel Arsham, Tiffany & Co. x Wilson® footballs, Quartersnacks skateboards, Mellow Gemini vases, Krink paint markers, Caran d’Ache pen and pencil sets and Bellocq tea sets.
Marking the jeweller’s 150th anniversary in London, “Vision & Virtuosity” debuts at Saatchi Gallery, located in the Duke of York’s Headquarters near Sloane Square, on 10 June 2022, and will run through to 19 August 2022. Tickets will be available to pre-book beginning 2 May 2022, via the app, available on the iOS and Google Play app stores.