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Robert Delaunay and the City of Lights

Kunsthaus Zürich


Robert Delaunay is best known as a co-founder of Orphism in Paris – a transitional movement of modernism between Cubism and abstraction with which the artist sought a form of ‘pure painting’, consisting of bold geometric shapes and bright primary colours. However, this exhibition – with some 80 works, the largest monographic survey of the French artist in Switzerland – will explore the diversity of Delaunay’s influences; it reveals his lifelong interests in sport, early aviation and the advance of technology, while also highlighting the continual influence of the city of Paris on his artistic development. Find out more from the Kunsthaus Zürich’s website.

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Saint-Séverin, Robert Delaunay

Saint-Séverin (1909), Robert Delaunay. Courtesy MFA Boston

Disk (The First Disk), Robert Delaunay

Disk (The First Disk) (1913), Robert Delaunay. Courtesy Esther Grether Familiensammlung

The Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, Robert Delaunay

The Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars (1922) Photo: Lee Stalsworth; courtesy Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

Olympiade, Delaunay

Olympiade (1924), Robert Delaunay. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

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