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Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

Until May 26th you still have time to visit in the Gaviria Palace the magnificent exposition of the great Polish artist Tamara of Lempicka, considered as The Queen of art Deco.

It is a monographic exhibition of the artist, well known for her portraits and style nudesart deco, which worked on his works on glamor, sophistication, elegance and modernity in all its extension.

His way of life full of excesses allowed the artist to illustrate in her work the life of the Parisian bourgeoisie, as well as the decline of the aristocracy.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

The exhibition has been presented with great success in several cities of Europe such as Milan, Paris, Verona or Turin.

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The life of Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara of Lempicka He was born in Poland in 1898 in a wealthy family surrounded by luxury and abundance, and his education was in charge of women, his mother, his grandmother and his aunt.

He learned languages, art lessons and good manners, as well as traveling throughout Europe.

In 1916 he married Tadeusz Lempicki, with whom he moved to Paris and had his only daughter, Kizette, who collaborated with her as a model in many of his works.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

In this Parisian era she was a fashion illustrator and begins to make her first nudes.

In 1929 he divorces, returning to marry in 1932 with the baron Raoul Kuffner, with which he moved to the United States when in Europe he began to visualize the Second World War.

It was a pioneer for its time, marked by the aesthetics of the 20s in which geometric motifs, bright colors and resounding forms predominated, which was called the art deco, which was a period movement between wars.

An artistic style that reached its maximum splendor between 1925 and 1935 and where Lempicka, in the field of plastic arts, was one of its most prominent representatives.

Visited Spain 86 years ago, being already a recognized artist and toured different cities, such as Malaga, Seville, Cordova, Toledo and Madrid.

This trip left its mark on the artist and her work, as well as in the artistic world of the time where she was hailed as a diva for her beauty and elegance.


Young woman in a square column of 1931 at Tamara de Lempicka exhibition

When the baron dies in the 60s, he travels to Houston to be closer to his daughter, but in 1978 he moves to Mexico where he will spend the last days of his life, dying in 1980 while he was sleeping.

What to see in the exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka

The exhibition takes an evolutionary journey in the life of the artist through 10 sections through the rooms of the Gaviria Palace.

In it you can see about 200 pieces that come from more than 40 museums and private collections.

It is an exhibition in which the artist's works share spaces decorated with objects deco. so that in the tour of the different rooms, the paintings are accompanied by furniture, lamps, screens, vases, stained glass, photographs and recordings of the time.

Paris stage and the crazy years

After the First World War, Paris became the meeting point for artists and intellectuals from around the world.


Susana in the bathroom of 1938 at Tamara de Lempicka exhibition

It was the stage that was called crazy years, and the event that marked it was the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts from 1925.

Tamara of Lempicka He was among the artists who came to the French capital fleeing the Bolshevik revolution.

Very soon his creativity did not leave anyone indifferent and he began a successful career full of references to fashion and glamor of the time.

With his transgressive mood and his glamorIt perfectly reflected the atmosphere of that time, which I also leave printed on his paintings creating a new style with bright and bright colors.

As she herself said, “among hundreds of paintings you will recognize mine”.

Tamara de Lempick and his house in Paris

 In 1930 Lempicka he buys a house, known in Paris at that time as the House of Rue Mechain 7, which was a compendium of the architectural modernity of the moment.

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Portrait of Prinz Eristoff from 1925 in Tamara de Lempicka's exhibition

This famous house-studio became a subject of study in all French, Polish and British magazines.

It was a project of the architect and teacher of Art deco, Robert Mallet-Stevens, and its interiors were the work of the sister of Tamara, Adrienne Gorska.

This was the first Polish who graduated in architecture and pioneer in the design of movie theaters.

It was an ultramodern house with everything very functional, without sentimental details, with bright but cold spaces, with tubes that were visible, steel tables and black armchairs.

In the exhibition you will see some of the furniture of the house distributed by the different rooms.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

Tamara de Lempicka and fashion

The Polish artist had a strong relationship with fashion, marking her modernity and her involvement with a sector that became relevant for the time.

Fashion marked the artistic beginnings of Lempicka and his first works were as an illustrator for women's fashion magazines.

Original sketches and figurines are preserved, along with works such as Confidences (the two friends), from 1928, and Blue scarf from 1930

Greta Garbo She was one of the figures she was inspired by, trying to become the most elegant woman in Paris, so she chose the photographers who portrayed her very carefully.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

In the Gaviria palace exhibition you can see costumes and hats, which were his passion, of his favorite dressmakers and designers, all of them from private collections and various institutions, including the Madrid Costume Museum.

You will also see shoes that come from Salvatore de Ferragamo museum.

In some of the portraits you are going to see, you will see polished faces such as ceramics and makeup perfectly, as well as women with elegant postures and red lips marked

Tamara de Lempicka and the Amazons

 At the beginning of the 20th century at lesbian women they were called Amazon and they began to frequent places only for women

Tamara of Lempicka She was married twice and the fruit of one of them was born her only daughter, but she never hid her bisexuality or her feminine loves.


La Bella Rafaela from 1927 in Tamara de Lempicka exhibition

In these years the culture faced the subject in an uninhibited way and the cinema was already beginning to touch the subject;Lempicka in this facet she was also transgressive using clothes and manners on a regular basis.

In the exhibition you will see a large number of nudes made by the artist.

In the first one you can see a clear study of ancient art, to later evolve into a study of the lights and shadows more similar to what could be done in a photographic studio with lamps placed for this purpose.

An example of this is The beautiful Rafaela from 1927.

The main theme of this period is the woman as an object of desire in all its fields, and the figure of the woman is enhanced with busts drawn by light and faces plunged into darkness, without decoration.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

Still life

Still lifes and still lifes were one of the topics on which Tamara It was a true virtuoso.

They differ by the sobriety in the composition giving it a very personal color point.

In addition, the styleart deco It is unquestionable, with hydrangeas of Japanese influence or still lifes of fruits and black background that remind us of the Baroque.

In this section of the exhibition you can see some pieces of the sculptor Alfredo Ravasco, who was one of the most outstanding artists of the period art deco.

He devised his works as micro architectures, and also participated with Lempicka in 1925 in the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris.

In his works were included jewels, boxes and glasses of curious geometric shapes.


Mother with the child of 1931 at Tamara de Lempicka exhibition

Mothers and sons

Tamara He had a daughter Kizette Lempicka, which served as a model for many years, and were works with a great reception by critics of the time.

In the Gaviria palace exhibition You can see some of the portraits he made to his daughter.

One of the most special pieces is the so-called Mother with child, that really represents the Virgin with the baby Jesus.

Portrait of Alfonso XIII

One of the pieces that Gioia Mori,curator of the exhibition and student of Tamara of Lempickahe discovered was a portrait of the king Alfonso XIII That had never been exposed.


Alfonso XIII and Tamara's daughter in the background at Tamara de Lempicka exhibition

The king died in exile in Rome and by then she was living in the United States.

The newspapers of the moment published interviews of her, in which she said that when she traveled through Spain she met the Spanish king, and that, during the exile in Italy, she had posed for her on occasion.

Gioia discovered an unfinished painting with the portrait of Alfonso XIII and documentation that supported its realization in 1934.

In this section you will see the picture Refugees, theme in which he was involved in the suffering he saw not only of the exiled king but of the Spaniards who were leaving for France at the beginning of the Second Republic.

The Art History manual

Lempicka She was a great admirer of Italian painting of the fifteenth century and of the flamenco of the seventeenth century, which is reflected in all her work and makes it a manual of art history.


Santa Teresa de Ávila from 1930 in Tamara de Lempicka exhibition

In his work you can appreciate the love of authors such as Ingres, Botticelli or the mannerism.

It makes interpretations of classical works, such as the case of Saint Teresa of Avila inspired by the work of Bernini, he Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of 1652.

The artist makes a recovery of antiquity and adopts Etruscan, Egyptian and pre-Columbian graffiti, along with eighteenth-century forms, inserting them into modern contexts.

He art deco he took from the ancient sculpture the gigantism and the amplified volumes of his sculpture, elements that we find in the figures of Lempicka from the 20s and 30s.

Tamara de Lempicka, Baroness Kuffner

 In 1939 Tamara and her second husband, the Baron KuffnerThey gave their last dinner at their famous house in Paris and left to live in U.S, before the unstable weather before the Second World War That was already in the making.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

His life in Beverly hills, in the former home of the film director King Vidor, was full of parties and excesses, surrounded by film artists like Greta Garbo, Charles Boyer or Tyrone Power.

In 1941, to relaunch his career three were organized exhibitions in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, paid by her husband on Baron Kuffner.

In this section you will see some photographs of the time, in which I try to make an exhibition only with hand paintings, a project that I never carry out, although in the exhibition you will see some works that touch the theme of the hands.

Tamara de Lempicka's love visions

The fact that she declared herself bisexual made her an icon of transgressive modernity.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

The love he had for some women gave rise to some of his great works, such as Ira Perrot, model of Sa Tristess,from 1923, or Rafaela, model of her most erotic nude,The beautiful Rafaela, from 1927.

She called them Visions amoureses, and with these visions You will finish the tour through this beautiful exhibition.

As a curiosity, tell you that Madonna She is one of the great admirers of the great artist of Art deco.

Schedules exhibition Tamara de Lempicka

The schedules to visit the exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka at Gaviria Palace (Calle Arenal 9) are, every day of the week, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Friday and Saturday, which closes at 9 p.m.


Exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka in Gaviria Palace in Madrid

Tamara de Lempicka exhibition ticket prices

The ticket prices They are, in general, 13 euros, with reduced prices of 11 euros for people with disabilities, employees, over 65, children 11 to 18 years, students and young card.

Admission for children from 5 to 11 euros costs 6 euros.

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