One of the pioneers of abstraction and a central figure of the Paris avant-garde, Sonia Delaunay’s career spanned much of the twentieth century.

The dynamic forms and vibrant colour of her paintings captured the spirit of modernity, celebrating technology, urban life, travel, and dance crazes such as the tango. Yet from a twenty-first century perspective, perhaps the most modern aspect of her work was her willingness to go beyond the traditional confines of fine art to embrace fashion, textiles, costume and set design, interior decoration, architecture and advertising.

An adept businesswoman, she opened her own fashion house and established her name as a brand, while her collaborations with literary figures such as Blaise Cendrars produced a unique fusion of poetry and art.

Her marriage to artist Robert Delaunay was a remarkable creative partnership, and they jointly developed a distinctive approach to abstraction called simultanism. Their work was often discussed and exhibited together, and for a number of years after Robert’s early death in 1941, Sonia took on the responsibility to protect and promote his work rather than her own. Nonetheless she continued to paint and design, producing innovative and experimental art in a variety of media into the late 1970s.

This exhibition is the first UK retrospective to explore the breadth of Sonia Delaunay’s career, providing an opportunity to discover one of the most versatile and inspiring artists of her time.

Audio guide

Pick up the specially produced exhibition audio guide, and listen to Tate curators sharing their expert views on Delaunay’s work, hear specialist insights into her textile-making and poetic collaborations and hear from the artist herself.

  • Adult £4.25
  • Concessions and Members £3.75
  • Group (minimum of 10 people) £3