Considered to be the most famous Art Deco painter, Lempicka was always mostly infamous for a libido and scandalous affairs that rocked the delicate society (or so was perceived) of the time. It is quite befitting therefore that the exhibition of her art be held inside the Gaviria Palace, which went from palace, to nightclub, to abandoned space, and now a platform to showcase old and new art, and artists spanning the centuries.
The “Queen of Art Deco”, Tamara de Lempicka. captured a hedonistic and swingy time that have been glorified through many a media. With over 200 pieces on display, it’s a great presentation of the work of an artist extremely of that time, yet also ahead of it.
The Palace and Platform
This palatial building dates back to the 19th century and is located on the central street of Arenal. Built between 1846 and 1847 by the architect Aníbal Álvarez Bouquel for the banker Manuel Gaviria y Douza, Marqués de Gaviria and Conde de Buena Esperanza, it is considered one of the most luxurious palaces of its time, with an aesthetic influenced by the Italian Renaissance palaces .
From 1991 to 2011 it housed the Palacio de Gaviria nightclub, and, after a few years in disuse, in 2017 it was reopened as an Arthemisia exhibition space, through which such outstanding exhibitions as those dedicated to Escher or Alphonse Mucha have passed.
On this occasion it is the turn of whoever was considered the “Queen of Art Decó”, the artist Tamara de Lempicka (Poland, 1898 – Mexico, 1980) developed her own style marked by the aesthetics of the 20s, with geometric motifs, bright colors and resounding shapes. Now the Gaviria Palace hosts the first retrospective devoted to his work in Madrid, with nearly 200 pieces from more than 40 collections.
Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 10am -8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-9pm
WHEN: 5th October / 24th February
WHERE: Palacio Gaviria: Calle Arenal, 9 , 28013