Kosciuszko Projects Exhibition in New York and The Many Faces of Tamara de Lempicka
10 września, 2019
The Kosciuszko Foundation is pleased to announce the launching of a new cultural initiative, the Kosciuszko Projects, and its first exhibition: The Many faces of Tamara de Lempicka.
Friday, October 11, 2019, at 12:00pm
The Many faces of Tamara de Lempicka.
A selection of a dozen of works from different periods as well as personal objects belonging to the artist and archival materials will be shown to New York public for the first time in some fifty years.
The exhibition will be on view at the Foundation's House: 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065 on October 11 and continues through October 31, 2019, Monday – Friday (except for Oct. 14 – Columbus Day) from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
This inaugural and intimate exhibition examines the work of Polish painter, Tamara de Lempicka, who in her portraits and depictions of chic figures simplified volume and space into tubular and crystalline forms. Lempicka is one of the first widely recognized female artists and her artistic language and independence continue to inspire new generations today (re)discovering her oeuvre in the era of Instagram and Social Media.
The Kosciuszko Projects, curated by Bartek Remisko, aims to present works by the world's renowned Polish artists. The Foundation expresses its gratitude to Ms. Krystyna Piorkowska, the show exclusive sponsor.
Tamara de Lempicka was a Polish painter known for her distinctive ArtDeco style. Born Maria Górska on May 16, 1898 in Warsaw, Poland (then part of the Russian Empire) to a wealthy family, she spent much of her childhood in Switzerland and Italy where she was influenced by the works of Renaissance and Mannerist masters. Living in St. Petersburg during the 1917 Russian Revolution, she and her husband fled to France to escape the Bolsheviks. During the 1920s, Lempicka became an integral part of the Parisian avant-garde scene. It was there that she invented her new persona Tamara de Lempicka. In 1939, the artist fled the impending threat of World War II for the United States, settling in Los Angeles and later New York. Though she stopped painting for several years, a renewed interest in her works during the mid-1960s led her to resume. Tamara de Lempicka died on March 18, 1980 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Her works are included in the collections of Metropolitan Museum in New York, Pompidou Center in Paris,the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., among others as well as in numerous private collections.
Tamara de Lempicka, Baroness Kizette, oil on canvas, 27 x 22 cm., 1954
Photo of Tamara de Lempicka on the exhibition poster by CAMUZZI, circa 1934/37
Founded in 1925, the Kosciuszko Foundation promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. It awards up to $1 million annually in fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals, and artists, and promotes Polish culture in America. The Foundation has awarded scholarships and provided a forum to Poles who have changed history.