A Glittering Honor for a Master of Glass

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s sparkling sculptures have earned him one of France’s most prestigious awards and a huge new Paris exhibition.

PARIS — At a ceremony on Wednesday, the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel joined one of the loftiest cultural institutions of the French state, the Académie des Beaux-Arts, and became immortal.

“Immortals,” as the academy’s inductees are called, usually wear a classic interpretation of the green-embroidered uniform first required under Napoleon. Othoniel decked himself out in Dior.

As the ceremony proceeded under the gilded dome of the Institut de France, Othoniel glittered like the colored glass bead sculptures for which he is known.

The artist drew an original design for the olive branches that traditionally adorn

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