12.2.22 - 12.6.22

In the spring of 2022, Louisiana presents an international classic in the West Wing. Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) was at the same time a painter, designer, and entrepreneur and is among the most original voices of modernism.

The exhibition is supported by Aage & Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond. Sonia Delaunay’s works are reproduced by generous courtesy of © PRACUSA S.A

When Sonia Delaunay entered a Parisian dance hall in 1913 wearing a collage-like dress that resembled a colorful, cubist painting, it was a statement that attracted attention. It made an impression in the avant-garde environment of the time. Here, the visual art came strolling out of the painting’s frame and directly into the modern, dynamic everyday life.

Right there Delaunay manifested her artistic program and trademark: it was not just about modernizing the visual arts but the culture in a much broader sense.


Sonia Delaunay's practice spans painting, textile design, clothing, costumes, advertising, and book design. Always with powerful colors and color contrasts as a central element.

Avant-garde pioneer

Delaunay often engaged in experimental collaborations with leading colleagues from other art fields. She was a forerunner of trends in the avant-garde movement of the 20th century, but the work also points to today’s multimedia practices in the field of visual arts and design.

The exhibition spans the artist’s production from the 1910s until the 1970s and introduces the large range of Sonia Delaunay’s project and her various use of media. The exhibition is the largest exhibition hitherto in Scandinavia and the first solo presentation in the region in 15 years since an exhibition at Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art in 2007.

Some will remember that a small selection of Sonia Delaunay’s works was included in the exhibition ‘Women of the Avant-Garde 1920-1940’ at Louisiana in 2012, or know the three colorful gouaches in the museum’s collection.

The exhibition has been realised with exceptional participation from Bibliothèque nationale de France.