Free display Open now

The Art of Movement, Van Cleef & Arpels

Featuring almost a hundred creations from Van Cleef & Arpels' patrimonial collection, numerous archive documents and lender masterpieces, this exhibition illustrates the French High Jewelry Maison's constant quest to impart movement into precious materials.


Ballerina clip, 1952, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

Trois Clochettes clip, 1964, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

Drawing of a Fairy clip, circa 1940, Van Cleef & Arpels Archives

What to expect

Van Cleef & Arpels has constantly blended the excellence of its High Jewellery savoir-faire with great delicacy of vision in order to imbue the most precious materials with lightness and dynamism. Notable for their unique designs, their three-dimensional volume and their composition, the creations showcased stand out as manifestos of the Art of Movement.

Amongst a selection of pieces from the Maison's patrimonial collection, archives documents and private collector's creations, this exhibition draws visitors into a dreamlike world of movement and harmony.

This artistic journey is divided into four themes: Nature Alive, Dance, Elegance and Abstract Movements. Each highlights a facet of motion explored by Van Cleef & Arpels since its foundation in 1906.

Booking information

No pre-booking is required to see our free displays.

Open daily 10.00 – 17.45 (Sun – Thu), 10.00 – 20.45 (Fri – Sat)

Please note:

- Visitors won't be allowed to take large bags into this exhibition space.

- To listen to the Audio tour via the Bloomberg app, please bring headphones.

Related events

Free Event: Dancing Jewels

Join a free talk exploring dance and jewellery with Lise Macdonald, Van Cleef & Arpels Heritage and Exhibition Director and Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian, Antique Jewelry Specialist and Conferences Project Manager at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.

Motion and Forces

Join artist Conrad Shawcross RA, Fashion Designer Beatrix Ong MBE and Exhibition Director at Van Cleef & Arpels, Lise MacDonald, as they discuss the significance of motion and forces in their work with the Design Museum Director Tim Marlow.

Create and Make: The Art of Movement

Join us for a wonderful, colourful afternoon of activities engaging with ideas found in The Art of Movement, Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition. This creative drop-in session invites families to sketch and create unique, ornamental wearables.

Suitable for children aged 5 – 11 years accompanied by an adult.

Free guided tours

Join a free group guided tour when you visit

  • Pre-booking is required to join the free tours.

  • Each tour duration is 45 minutes.

  • Capacity: up to 10 people per guided tour.

  • When visiting, please choose from one of the timing options below:

    Sunday to Thursday Free Guided Tours:

    Friday to Saturday Free Guided Tours:

    Please note: Large bags won't be allowed into this exhibition space.