From 19 May to 5 November 2017, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris presents its latest exhibition dedicated to bijous and taboos: MEDUSA.

With over 400 pieces made by different artists, from Man Ray to Cartier, through Salvador Dalì, Louise Bourgeois, Lucio Fontana, Tony Duquette, Victoire de Castellane and Buccellati – and organized in four macro-themes, Identity, Value, Body and Instruments, the MEDUSA show explores the power of jewelry and intriguing relation with those who admire, create and wear them, not just accessories to embellish the person, but real artistic sculptures. For decades, artists and designers have transformed, interpreted and re-invented jewels, seen as a medium of expressing women's physicality, in balance between fashion and art, practicality and desire, also reaching the delicate theme of sexuality with all the taboos that it concerns. 

The highlight of the exhibition is the participation of Betony Vernon, which last month, at the modern Musée d'Art de la Ville de Paris for the MEDUSA exhibition, has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time, created in 2000 to transport and display the collection of over 30 erotic jewels and sex-tools of the American "sexual anthropologist". 

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Astonishing figure, daughter of divinities, Medusa had the ability to petrify anyone who crossed her gaze. Despite her lethal power and her frightening looks, it was impossible not to be attracted to her. As frightening as fascinating, Medusa today is still a perfect metaphor for identifying something we can't stop to look at and admire, at the cost of remaining petrified by its enchantment. And how avoid looking at the wonderful pieces produced by Betony Vernon?

Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 7
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 8
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 9
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 10
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 0
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 1
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 2
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 3
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 4
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 5
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 6
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 11
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 12
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 13
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 14
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 15
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 16
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 17
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 18
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 19
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 20
Jewelry's sensuality displayed at the Museum of Modern Art de la Ville de Paris Special guest Betony Vernon, who for the occasion has unveiled her Boudoir Box for the first time | Image 21