Actress Grete Jacobson in a dress from the Wiener Werkstätte (detail), 1917 U

Madame d’Ora

February 20, 2020
- June 08, 2020

Born Dora Kallmus (1881–1963), the Austrian fashion and portrait photographer later took the pseudonym Madame d’Ora. She was the most acclaimed portraitist of fin de siècle Vienna, and went on to create one of the most stylish Art Deco studios in Paris in the 1920s. Her models included Pablo Picasso, Josephine Baker, and Collette, among many others.

The exhibition will consist of sections devoted to the different periods of her life, from her early upbringing as the daughter of Jewish intellectuals in Vienna, to her days as a premier society photographer, through her survival during the Holocaust.  This will be the largest exhibition devoted to Madame d’Ora ever presented in the United States.  The curator is Dr. Monika Faber, curator of the Photoinstitut Bonartes in Vienna and frequent collaborator with the Neue Galerie.  

Banner Image:

Madame d'Ora (Dora Kallmus) (1881–1963),
Actress Grete Jacobson in a dress from the Wiener Werkstätte, 1917
Ullstein Bild, Berlin