San Francisco De Young Museum Art of Bulgari Trip Report

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Today I went to the San Francisco DeYoung Museum for their Art of Bulgari exhibit which runs until February 17 2014.  This exhibit covers Bulgari’s rise as an Italian design house from 1950s to today.

Unfortunately the exhibit has a no photography rule so I was unable to take any pictures except of the banner.  It is definitely an exhibit worthy of stopping in at least once if you are a fan of design and jewelry.

The visual design and workmanship of some of the pieces are amazing.  Most of the pieces belong to the Bulgari family plus a few pieces on loan from private estates.

A couple of hints on getting the best out of the exhibit:

  • Even though the exhibit space is not large, you can spend a lot of time looking at the details of the pieces so plan accordingly.  They also feature a number of interactive exhibits which can be quite engaging.
  • Do spend the money and get the Audio Tour, the exhibit description cards does not give a lot of information.  The audio tour gives a lot of details on a number of pieces, their background and where you should look at the design details.
  • The exhibit space itself is quite dark with brightly lit display cases.  The Exhibit Number for the audio tour isn’t either on the top right corner or the bottom of the display case, and can be difficult to spot.
  • There is no photography allowed in the exhibit space, they do sell a book about the exhibit which has detailed pictures and story of all the pieces.


Enjoy the show.

Here are pictures of some of the pieces taken from the Museum Exhibit  web site below:

Sautoir, 1969. Platinum with sapphires and diamonds. Chain: 74 x 1 cm. Pendant/brooch: 4.9 x 4.9 cm. Formerly in the collection of Elizabeth Taylor. Bulgari Heritage Collection, inv. 6675 N2170 © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte

Please visit the De Young Museum web site for tickets and exhibit information

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