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March 18, 2011 – June 19, 2011
Location: 2nd Floor
Known primarily as an abstract painter and colorist, Sonia Delaunay applied her talents and theories to all areas of visual expression, including graphics, interiors, theater and film, fashion, and textiles. A trademark of Delaunay's work is the sense of movement and rhythm created by the simultaneous contrasts of certain colors. This exhibition focuses on fashion designs from her own Atelier Simultané in Paris during the 1920s, as well as textiles designed for the Metz and Co. department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s. Among the more than 300 works on view are examples of designs, textiles, garments, and photographs from the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, the Musée de l'Impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and private collections around Europe and the United States.