Past Exhibition

Jean Vendome, Artist Jeweler

Paris, France 08.10.2020 — 28.08.2021 Book your Visit
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L'ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

31 rue Danielle Casanova
75001 Paris

Free exhibition, by reservation.
A valid Health Pass is mandatory to access L'ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts for all visitors aged 18 and over.
Open Tuesday – Saturday, from 12pm to 7pm
The exhibition will be closed on July 14th and from August 17th to 21st.

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Jean Vendome, Sculptor of Modern Jewelry

From October 8, 2020 to August 28, 2021, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts brings to light the universe of this adventurous creator, who, as a true artist, set about creating his own world. He bucked fashion trends with his own personal and pioneering style, which means that his pieces have personality. Simple yet sophisticated, powerful yet intricate, eccentric yet well-designed, constructed and deconstructed, Jean Vendome’s jewelry is always emotional. In order to be appreciated fully, it must be loved and understood, as it is the jewelry that chooses the wearer.

The private collections on display emphasizes the visionary side of his creations. One hundred and thirty pieces are on show, including Aléna Caillois’ wonderful necklace. The retrospective also features pieces from public collections at institutions including the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, as well as the sword of the academician Roger Caillois, on special loan from the Musée des Confluences in Lyon.

The exhibition showcases a wide range of his pieces. Visitors are able to retrace his innovative exploration of shapes and his avant-garde approach to changing scale and traditions in order to adapt his jewelry for the modern and liberated women of the 1970s. Jean Vendome’s prolific creations resonate like a poetic and meaningful echo of the major artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century. From kinetic pop art to the dream of the Apollo 13 space mission, his jewelry pieces evolved into Constellations, Aurore Boréale and Espace during the 1970s. The geometric shapes of the skyscrapers in Les Tours betray his passion for urban architecture and the race upwards. The 1980s were the years of “imaginary walks”, where he played on the mimetic analogy of agates, fragments of eternity, and matte and polished gold jewels with “phantom” quartz, rutilated quartz and dendritic agate. The 1990s are marked by the use of ever stronger colors, which Jean Vendome called his “vagrant” or “wild” colors. It was a time of escapism and dreaming.

A sculptor in search of fascinating inclusions, radiance, materials and colors, Jean Vendome, alchemist and jeweler, ceases to amaze you.

Jean Vendome, Sculptor of Modern Jewelry, by BeauxArts Magazine

Digital Promenade

Jean Vendome, whose real name was Ohan Tuhdarian, created his first jewelry collection in 1950, heralding sixty-seven years of creative effervescence.
To know more about this avant-garde designer, who merged the art of sculpture and jewelry, discover our interactive website, developed in partnership with BeauxArts Magazine.



Jean Vendome, Artist Jeweler : Follow the guided tour in video

Discover 2 virtual guided tour of the exhibition, one in French with Marie-Laure Cassius-Duranton, Gemologist and Art Historian, Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, and one in English with Inezita Gay-Eckel, Art Historian, Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts and Olivier Segura, Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.



Guided Tour of the Jean Vendome Exhibition in Paris

Welcome into the Jean Vendome Exhibition. Inezita Gay-Eckel, Art Historian, Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts accompanied by Olivier Segura, Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, choose some favorite pieces to share with you, in 12 minutes.

Jean Vendome

Jewelry is an art and not a consumer product.

Jean Vendome, a Jeweler at the Heart of the Avant-Gardes

Henry Moore, Yves Klein, Dali, Vasareli are part of Jean Vendome's universe. To be discovered in the report of Beaux Arts Magazine.