‘So great, so glorious!’: last chance to see the MET’s outstanding show ‘Jewelry: The Body Transformed’

‘So great, so glorious!’: last chance to see the MET’s outstanding show ‘Jewelry: The Body Transformed’

Art and design institutions often struggle with the notion of jewellery design as a serious art subject, blinkered, perhaps, by surface connections to fashion, handcraft and the carelessly wealthy. All hail New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, then, for brushing away clichéd connotations in its continued universal exploration of jewellery’s multi-faceted reflection of the human condition. Its latest rumination on the subject, the exhibition ‘Jewelry: The Body Transformed’, ends this coming Sunday (24 February), so this week presents a last chance to see it. Why should you go? Because it’s one of the most captivating, thought-provoking and, despite its academic underpinnings, enjoyable exhibitions you are likely to see. Whether you are interested in jewellery or are convinced that you are not, you’d be sorry to miss it.

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