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Les couleurs de l’abstraction

/ October 17 2014 - February 22 2015 /

For this, the first major Sonia Delaunay retrospective in Paris since 1967, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is bringing together three remarkably recreated environments and over 400 works: paintings, wall decorations, gouaches, prints, fashion items and textiles. Tracing the artist's evolution since the beginning of the 20th century to the late 1970s, this monographic exhibition highlights her work in the applied arts, her distinctive place in Europe's avant-garde movements and her major role as a pioneering abstractionist. 

A generously documented chronology illustrates the richness and singularity of an oeuvre marked by an ongoing dialogue between the arts. One feature that stands out overall is a personal approach to colour that harks back to Sonia Delaunay's childhood in Russia and her art study years in Germany.

While Robert Delaunay was busy conceptualising abstraction as a universal language, Sonia was testing it out in painting, posters, garments, bookbinding and household items, and collaborating with poet Blaise Cendrars on the artist's book Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of Little Jehanne of France. Her Spanish and Portuguese years during the First World War saw her first ventures into theatre and, before her return to Paris in the 1920s, commercial fashion design in Madrid. The following decade brought a pared-down abstraction in the international style that harmonised with the architecture of the time, as in the big mural decorations for the Air Transport Pavilion at the International Exhibition of Art and Technology in Modern Life, on show here for the first time since 1937. Her role as a "go-between" for the pioneers of abstraction and the postwar generation is pointed up through her contributions to the Salons des Réalités Nouvelles, her involvement in various architecture projects and her exhibitions at the Denise René gallery in Paris: after the war her painting underwent a profound renewal, culminating in the late 1960s in an intensely poetic form of abstraction. Her formal and technical gifts found expression in monumental paintings, mosaics, carpets and tapestries, and her late work was marked by the albums of etchings she produced for Editions Artcurial.

Also including recreations of groups and arrangements of her work, together with photos and films of the period, the exhibition emphasises the paradox of an oeuvre which, while very much of its time — from the Belle Epoque to the 1970s – remains ageless in its unceasing formal explorations and its quest for a synthesis of all the arts.  

Director : Fabrice Hergott
Curator : Anne Montfort et Cécile Godefroy  

The exhibition will be on show at Tate Modern in London between 15 April and 9 August 2015.
A generously illustrated catalogue of 256 pages will be published by Paris Musées to mark the exhibition

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Exhibition realized with the exceptional help ofBnF and  Centre Pompidou

With the generous backing of: 


Fondation total     Hermes          UGGC           Brochier Soieries 1890




Exposition Sonia Delaunay | Musée d'Art moderne... par paris_musees

Les couleurs de Sonia Delaunay au Musée d'Art... par mairiedeparis

Sonia Delaunay Nu Jaune, 1908 Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes © Pracusa 2013057
Sonia Delaunay Couverture de Berceau, 1911, MNAM © Pracusa 2013057
Sonia Delaunay Manteau pour Gloria Swanson, 1923-1924, Collection Svila Singer, Vienne © Pracusa 2013057
Studio REP Modèles devant voiture simultanée, 1925 © Pracusa 2013057 © BNF Robert mallet-Stevens © Adagp, Paris 2014 Jacques Heim © DR
Sonia Delaunay Rythme Couleur, 1964, © Pracusa 2013057 © Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris / Roger-Viollet
Sonia Delaunay Hélice, décoration pour le « Palais de l’Air », Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, Paris 1937 © Pracusa 2013057 © Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden/Emma Krantz
Sonia Delaunay Couverture du catalogue de l'exposition de Stockholm, Autoportrait, 1916 © Pracusa 2013057 © BNF
Sonia Delaunay Composition pour jazz, 2e série, No F 344", Paris 1952 © Pracusa 2013057 © Courtesy Galerie Zlotowski, Paris
Sonia Delaunay Prismes électriques, 1913-1914, © Pracusa 2013057 Photo Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Gift of Mr. Theodore Racoosin
Sonia Delaunay © Pracusa 2013057 © BNF André Villers ©Adagp, Paris 2014
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Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
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75116 Paris

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