HSH Prince Albert inaugurated an important exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum on Saturday, July 10, in the presence of the collector Diane Venet. Artists’ jewellery, from Picasso to Koons runs until August 29. Held in the Indigo space, the exhibition complements the major Giacometti show one floor below.

Passionate about art, Diane Venet acquired her first artist’s jewel, a brooch by the painter Roy Lichtenstein, in New York in 1967. But it was following her meeting with the sculptor Bernar that Venet decided in 1985 to create a collection dedicated to the jewels of artists.
“A gesture of affection, artists’ jewellery is made, often for a loved one, by a painter or a sculptor who would not usually make this sort of art,” the Parisian collector said before the show opened.

Diane Venet has brought together, over 30 years, a rich collection of more than 230 pieces of jewellery by artists.

Most of them, 180 in total, are on display at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco. From Picasso to Jeff Koons, artistst including Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Keith Haring and Louis Bourgeois, Orlan, Miguel Chevalier… modern and contemporary, international and French, are all represented.

PHOTO: HSH Prince Albert inaugurating the Diane Venet expo at the Grimaldi Forum (provided)