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Robert Delaunay. Sonia Delaunay
Works from the Centre Pompidou in the Hamburg Kunsthalle
10 September - 21 November 1999


Many major museum collections have been shown in the Hamburg Kunsthalle:

1994 Masterpieces from the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, New York
1995 Van Gogh’s Parisian self-portraits from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
1996 "Turner in Germany" from the Tate Gallery, London
1998 Paintings of the Russian avant-garde from the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg.

We are now delighted to present works by Robert and Sonia Delaunay from the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

A representative selection of works by both artists illustrates their transition from objectivity to abstraction (1912/13) and their later ventures into applied artistic spheres, whereby the creative interplay between Robert and Sonia Delaunay, probably the most famous artistic couple of the 20th century, plays a central role.

Early, Fauvist-influenced works by both artists are featured along with well-known works - by Robert Delaunay La Ville de Paris and paintings from the thematic series of Discs, Windows, Cityscapes and his famous depictions of the Eiffel Tower, by Sonia Delaunay works such as La Bal Bullier, Marché au Minho and late colour rhythm paintings - as well as numerous works on paper, including poster designs and collaged book covers. Sonia Delaunay’s involvement in the applied arts can be seen in the presentation of objects such as jewellery boxes, ties and a patchwork quilt.

The spirit of the age is brought to life by additional documentary material from the Centre Pompidou archives, which not only provides an insight into the biography of the artistic couple but also highlights the Delaunays’ links to Germany, th poet friends, the world of fashion and the Paris Exposition of 1937.

The some 70 works which make up the exhibition belong to those donated by Sonia Delaunay and her son Charles to the Centre Pompidou, who have agreed to let the works tour to only one venue - the Hamburg Kunsthalle. Additional works from private collections round off the exhibition.

An extensive exhibition catalogue, which includes a number of essays and selected writings, is being prepared in close cooperation with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, (DM 39,-).

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