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Robert Delaunay

Hommage à Blériot

HAUPTBAU / 27.04.–17.08.2008 / Curator: Roland Wetzel

Hommage à Blériot is a work of great importance not only in Robert Delaunay’s oeuvre but in the Kunstmuseum collection as well. It unites the lyricism of a “simultaneous” palette and avant-garde motifs to create a fireworks display of intense colour. For the first time, this exhibition presents (almost) all of the preliminary studies and versions of Hommage à Blériot, allowing viewers to consider and compare them. They are complemented by several important loans that show the interplay between abstract and figurative subject matter. Sonia Delaunay’s painting Prismes électriques, which was first seen alongside Hommage à Blériot at the “Salon des Indépendants” in 1914, will also be on view. It is a
highlight of the collaboration between the artist couple. The exhibition presents as well the recently completed restoration of the work, which owes its velvety luminosity to the use of fragile glue tempera.