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Tate Modern
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay
and Marlene Dumas
Private view: Thursday 16 April 2015 | 18.45 – 21.30pm

curated at Tate Modern by Juliet Bingham, Curator International Art,

with Juliette Rizzi, Assistant Curator, and was organised by the Musée d’Art Moderne

de la Ville de Paris, Paris-Musées and Tate Modern.
Exhibition: 15 April – 9 August 2015
The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Level 3

Bankside SE1
Arrive via the main entrance, Holland Street
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-sonia-delaunay

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Sonia Delaunay  Rhythm 1945  Grey Art Gallery
New York  © Pracusa 2014083

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Marlene Dumas Scope Magazine Pin-up 1973 Private collection
© Marlene Dumas
Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and became the European doyenne of abstract art.
Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, she celebrated the modern world of movement, technology and urban life, exploring new ideas about colour theory together with her husband Robert Delaunay.
This will be the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic practice across a wide range of media. It will feature the groundbreaking paintings, textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career, as well as the results of her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.
Delaunay is one of the crucial reference points in modern art and design
VOGUE

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Tate Modern
Talks and lectures
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay
Curator’s tour:
Tuesday 26 May 2015 | 18.30 – 20.30 pm

Curator Juliet Bingham leads a tour of The EY Exhibition:

Sonia Delaunay, revealing Sonia Delaunay’s inspirations and development as an artist.
Exhibition: 15 April – 9 August 2015
The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Level 3
http://www.tate.org.uk/

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Tate Modern
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay
Curator’s tour:
Thursday 18 June 2015, 18.30 – 20.30pm

Join curator Juliette Rizzi for a tour of The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay, tracing Delaunay’s role as a leading figure in the movement of Abstraction, exploring her lifelong commitment to colour and the versatility she brought to her practice.
Exhibition: 15 April – 9 August 2015
The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Level 3
http://www.tate.org.uk/

Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde, whose vivid and colourful work spanned painting, fashion and design. From 15 April 2015, Tate Modern will present the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic career, from her early figurative painting in the 1900s to her energetic abstract work in the 1960s. This exhibition will offer a radical reassessment of Delaunay’s importance as an artist, showcasing her originality and creativity across the twentieth century.

Born in Odessa and trained in Germany, Sonia Delaunay (née Stern, then Terk) came to Paris in 1906 to join the emerging avant-garde. She met and married the artist Robert Delaunay, with whom she developed ‘Simultaneism’ – abstract compositions of dynamic contrasting colours and shapes. Many iconic examples of these works will be brought together at Tate Modern, including Bal Bullier 1913 and Electric Prisms 1914. Her work expressed the energy of modern urban life, celebrating the birth of electric street lighting and the excitement of contemporary ballets and ballrooms.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay will show how the artist dedicated her life to experimenting with colour and abstraction, bringing her ideas off the canvas and into the world through tapestry, textiles, mosaic and fashion. Delaunay premiered her first ‘simultaneous dress’ of bright patchwork colours in 1913 and opened a boutique in Madrid in 1918. Her Atelier Simultané in Paris went on to produce radical and progressive designs for scarves, umbrellas, hats, shoes and swimming costumes throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Clients included the Hollywood star Gloria Swanson and the architect Erno Goldfinger, as well department stores like Metz & Co and Liberty. The exhibition will reveal how Delaunay’s designs presented her as a progressive woman synonymous with modernity: embroidering poetry onto fabric, turning her apartment into a three-dimensional collage, and creating daring costumes for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

The diverse inspirations behind Delaunay’s work will also be explored, from the highly personal approach to colour which harked back to her childhood in Russia, to the impact of her years in Spain and Portugal where she painted Market in Minho 1915 and Flamenco Singers 1915-16. The show will also reveal the inspiration provided by modern technology throughout Delaunay’s career, from the Trans-Siberian Railway to the aeroplane, and from the Eiffel Tower to the electric light bulb. It will also include her vast seven-metre murals Motor, Dashboard and Propeller, created for the 1937 International Exposition in Paris and never before shown in the UK.

Following her husband’s death in 1941, Sonia Delaunay’s work took on more formal freedom, including rhythmic compositions in angular forms and harlequin colours, which in turn inspired geometric tapestries, carpets and mosaics. Delaunay continued to experiment with abstraction in the post-war era, just as she had done since its birth in the 1910s, becoming a champion for a new generation of artists and an inspiring figure for creative practitioners to this day.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay is curated at Tate Modern by Juliet Bingham, Curator International Art, with Juliette Rizzi, Assistant Curator, and was organised by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris-Musées and Tate Modern. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.

Notes to editors

The EY Exhibition

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay is part of the three-year arts partnership between EY and Tate. This follows The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee – Making Visible which ran at Tate Modern from 14 October 2013 to 9 March 2014 and The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free which runs at Tate Britain from 10 September 2014 to 25 January 2015. The partnership helps Tate to realise its ambitious arts programme across Tate Modern and Tate Britain, with EY’s support being extended through corporate memberships at Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and at many of the Plus Tate partners around the country. The partnership, announced in July 2013 makes EY one of the largest corporate supporters of Tate.

Martin Cook, Managing Partner Commercial, UK & Ireland at EY, said:
“Delaunay was a pioneer of colour and abstraction and an important figure in 20th century art. We are delighted that The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay is part of the arts partnership between EY and Tate. This unique relationship is an example of how EY teams with other organisations that share our commitment to diverse perspectives and creating inclusive cultures and thus contributes to our purpose of building a better working world.”

Open daily from 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday

Image credit: Sonia Delaunay
Prismes electriques 1914
Centre Pompidou Collection, Mnam / Cci, Paris
© Pracusa 2013057

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