Tamara De Lempicka in Verona

The life and paintings of the eccentric Polish artist on display at Palazzo Forti

From 19 September 2015 to 31 January 2016


From 19 September 2015 to 31 January 2016 one of the most anticipated Verona art exhibitions in 2015 will be staged: 'Tamara de Lempicka'. After its great success in Turin, this extraordinary exhibition in Verona of contemporary art moves to the historic location of Palazzo Forti, the current headquarters of AMO (Arena Opera Museum), where it will offer a very original exhibition creating a harmonious interweaving between the works of the Polish artist and the music of her time.

Elegance, independence, modern and transgression are the adjectives that best describe the approach of Tamara de Lempicka paintings and music. Her artistic style is unmistakable and unique from the innate mastery of the painter in merging the culture of her time with the art of the past, a meeting not only between old and new, but also between elite culture and popular culture.

The exhibition in Verona, Italy of Tamara De Lempicka prints and posters will host more than 200 works of art, displayed in chronological order starting with those in Paris, in the '20s, up to the latest productions of the mid 20th century.
This fantastic art exhibition in Verona at the Palazzo Forti will highlight the relationship between Tamara de Lempicka art and the languages of fashion and photography; her amazing talent in representing modern life and the revolutionary aspect of a female-artist who launched a new model of female figure, uninhibited, liberated and free in all respects.

 At the Amo Museum of Verona you will be able to admire Tamara de Lempicka paintings who gave scandal, portraying her lovers or nude scenes full of eroticism and sensuality, works that made her famous worldwide.  

The big news of this unique exhibition of Tamara De Lempicka is that in Verona, the artist's works will be accompanied by music and songs of those years, thus respecting the common thread of 'Seduction in Music' which will characterize all future Verona art exhibitions 2015 at the Museum Opera Arena of Verona. Do not miss one the most innovative art exhibitions in Italy!

'Tamara Lempicka', contemporary art exhibition in Verona, welcomes its visitors with the famous painting 'The Girl in the Green', loaned, only on very exceptional cases, from the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Exhibited for the first time in 1932 at the Salon des Independants, the work was bought by the French government in the same year and placed in the Polish section of the Musée du Jeu de Paume.  

There will be six sections that illustrate the life and career of the alluring Tamara de Lempicka, who became one of the most fascinating and provocative bohemian icons of Paris of that time.

The first, entitled 'The worlds of Tamara de Lempicka', is an intimate foray into the homes in which the Polish artist lived between 1916, the year of her marriage in St. Petersburg, and 1980, when she died in Cuernavaca. In this section, these places will be combined with her artistic evolution: you will admire the watercolours made in Russia, the portraits in her ateliers of Paris in the twenties, the canvases painted in Beverly Hills in the luxurious villa of King Vidor , the works of the forties that reflect the furnishings and the style of her New York house.  

'Madame the Baroness, Modern medievalist', the second section of the show hosted by AMO Verona, takes its title from an article published in the US in the early forties, when the growing talent of Tamara de Lempicka in creating still lifes was revealed.
In this instalment of the exhibition at the Palazzo Forti in Verona you can admire masterpieces like 'The Shell', an exceptional trompe-l'oeil dated 1941 and other works dedicated to Mani, a subject very popular among artists and photographers of the '20 -'30s: exhibited in Palazo Forti in Verona you will see in fact an interesting comparison between the works of Tamara de Lempicka and a few shots of Dora Maar, André Kertész and Martin Kollar.

 The section 'The Artist's Daughter' refers to another American newspaper article released in 1929, which will exhibit paintings that Tamara de Lempicka dedicated to her daughter, such as 'Kizette at the balcony' and 'The comunicanda', awarded respectively in 1927 and 1929 and provided by the Pompidou and the Museum of Roubaix for the exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka exhibition in 2015.  

Woman of many facets, sometimes contradictory, Tamara De Lempicka alternated her unconventional side with an unexpected propensity to paint religious images: at the Arena of Verona Opera Museum, the section entitled 'Sacred Visions' will display works such as the 1934 'Virgin Blue' from a private collection, 'The Virgin and Child', 1931 provided by the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Beauvais and 'Mother Superior', from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, the favourite painting of Tamara de Lempicka herself.

'Dandy Deco', the fifth section of this wonderful art exhibition in Verona, will be entirely dedicated to the world of fashion, one of the passions of Tamara de Lempicka. In addition to having worked for several prestigious magazines as an illustrator, the artist was also an esteemed model, as evidenced by the photographs taken by great photographers like Willy Maywald and Roland Joffe.
In this extensive section, you can also admire famous paintings such as 'The Blue Scarf' of 1930 and 'Portrait of Madame Perrot with calle' made between 1931 and 1932, but also an incredible variety of clothes, hats and accessories, from valuable private collections and witnesses of the extraordinarily elegance of this artist.  

The last section of 'Tamara Lempicka' exhibition 2015 is entitled 'Scandalous Tamara' and addresses the much discussed topic of 'Couple', both heterosexual, like the one depicted in the painting 'Kiss of Hayez', or homosexual, as the subjects of some of her works that on the occasion of this great exhibition of contemporary art will be compared with various photographic documents of Albert Harlingue and Brassaï, made on women-only premises at that time.

The Tamara de Lempicka exhibition 2015 included in the calendar of art exhibitions in Verona will have a space - 'Loving Visions' - dedicated to the great loves of her life - with paintings like 'The Pink Slip', 'Nude with buildings', 'The Beautiful Rafaela' and 'Naked Male', an oil on canvas of 1923-24 depicting the only man that Tamara de Lempicka painted during her career.  

Along with these works, a 16th-century version of the painting 'Venus and Cupid by Pontormo' will also be exhibited as the inspiring source of Tamara De Lempicka, and several shots of Laure Albin Guillot that testify the study of the painter of poses and techniques of modern nude photography .

A modern and eclectic artist, Tamara de Lempicka moved with ease even in movie sets: following the style of Greta Garbo, one of her myths, she starred in two short films, one which came out in 1930 and one in 1932. The latter, screened for the first time in a French Cineac, tells the artist's life, her studies and the constant care of her image: in this film the only two figures that appear, in addition to Lempicka, are the famous singer Suzy Solidor and a Chinese butler.
Palazzo Forti 2015 wants to honour Tamara De Lempicka art deco by recreating a Cineac of that time where you will attend the screening of two films where Tamara De Lempicka played a leading role.  

A curiosity of Tamara De Lempicka: Madonna, the famous American singer, is one of her greatest admirers and collectors. The pop star has not only lent the paintings in her possession to museums and for the organization of events dedicated to her, but even wanted some works by the artist to appear in the video of her most famous hits, such as 'Open Your Heart', 'Vogue', 'Express Yourself' and 'Drowned World/Substitute for Love'. 

In 1978, Tamara de Lempicka moved to Mexico, Cuernavaca, where she died in 1980. The eccentricity distinguished her until the end of her days: as requested by her, she was cremated and her ashes were scattered over the Mexican Popocatepetl Volcano.  

From 19 September 2015 to 31 January 2016, do not miss one of the most acclaimed art exhibitions in Verona, at Palazzo Forti, which houses a retrospective of the most outrageous and fascinating icon of the Twenties: Tamara De Lempicka.  

Book one of our hotels in Verona and get caught up in the extraordinary world of the Tamara De Lempicka artist  and the magic of the city of Verona: the Arena, Juliet's balcony, Piazza delle Erbe and Castelvecchio are just some of the wonderful places you can visit!

'Tamara De Lempicka'  

Location: Verona - Palazzo Forti  

Dates: 19 September 2015 to 31 January 2016



By Insidecom Editorial Staff