Italian Jewels

Bulgari Style

Free entry

NGV International

Level 3

30 Sep 16 – 29 Jan 17

The name Bulgari is synonymous with 1960s Italian glamour. Richard Burton famously quipped that in the nine months Elizabeth Taylor spent in Rome filming Cleopatra, she learned just one word of Italian — ‘Bulgari’.

Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style brings together Bulgari’s visionary creativity and the maison’s leading women in a spectacular display of film, photography and glittering jewels.

Showcasing the longstanding relationship between Bulgari, Rome and Hollywood cinema, the exhibition features exquisite jewels from the personal collections of Elizabeth Taylor and Gina Lollobrigida and favoured by prestigious patrons such as Anita Ekberg and Grace Kelly. Spectacular jewels worn on the red carpet by leading Hollywood starlets, such as Kiera Knightley, feature from the Bulgari Heritage Collection.

Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with Bulgari Heritage.

Public programs for Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style  include talks and conversations by curators, designers, academics and other experts related to jewellery, style and design, delving into the particular jewels on display.

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Works in this exhibition are protected under the Australian Government's Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme. Find out more