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Femme Fatale

of Art Deco,
Tamara De Lempicka

BA-CA Kunstforum Vienna

Kunstforum, Vienna, 2004

Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of Austria
Dr. Fischer with Victoria de Lempicka
(c) photo courtesy of Bank Austria Kunstforum
(c) photo courtesy of Bank Austria Kunstforum
(c) photo courtesy of Bank Austria Kunstforum

Tamara De Lempicka: Femme Fatale of Art Deco

From September 15th, 2004 the BA-CA Kunstforum mounted a complete exhibition of the works by the painter Tamara de Lempicka.  Tamara de Lempicka is best known for her pictures epitomising the flair and lifestyle of Art Deco: her Self-portrait in a green Bugatti stands as a symbol for the period, but Lempicka’s exceptional artistic qualities have remained largely unappreciated. 

The Kunstforum show included around 60 major works from museums and private collections in Europe and the USA and brought to Vienna the glamorous flair of the 1920s and 30s.

With their combination of sultry sensuality and cool classicism, Lempicka’s pictures reveal a totally new dimension to the history of painting in the 1920s and 30s. Nowhere else are aspects of New Realism given such sensual and erotic interpretation as in the figure paintings of Tamara de Lempicka. Lempicka is the femme fatale of the inter-war years. As a painter, her portraits reflect her social surroundings, something that today again gives her work relevance.

Today’s art world is experiencing renewed interest in the figurative and realistic painting of the 20th century. The younger generation has rediscovered artists who, turning their backs on the official avant-gardes, developed independently and made their own way. Artists such as Frida Kahlo, Edward Hopper, Francis Picabia and Tamara de Lempicka have acquired new importance and relevancy in postmodern art history as well as for collectors

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Presstext in German

Kunstforum der Bank Austria zeigt Tamara de Lempicka (german)

Verkaufte Träume: Stars und Studios des Art Deco

The exhibition ran from September 15th 2004 to January 2nd 2005

Information and images (c) Bank Austria Kunstforum