Helena Rubinstein’s collection at Paris Musée du Quai Branly

From November 5, 2019 to June 28, 2020 Paris Musée du Quai Branly devotes a wonderful exhibition to Helena Rubinstein’s art collection. Including 60 primitive sculptures, portraits and art objects, this exhibition offers an original approach of art as seen by a passionate woman who was interested in what others considered to be ugly.

Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) as made it into History thanks to a cosmetic empire while she was starting from scratch. For her entire life, the business woman has purchased many works of art and created a collection including 400 works. It’s (most of) her collection that the Musée du Quai Branly presents from November 5, 2019 to June 28, 2020.

Became rich thanks to a moisturizing cream, Helena Rubinstein will quickly pay interest in arts while she knows nothing and lets herself be moved by the works she looks at. It would be the case with primitive arts and painting from the Ecole de Paris she chooses to fit her apartments in New York, London and Paris. All her life, Helena Rubinstein will be surrounded by artists such as Colette, Cocteau, Man Ray and Chagall without neglecting heart-stoppers brought from her travels all over the world.

As a museum for arts and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and Americas, the Musée du Quai Branly offers a focus on how Helena Rubinstein considered African art, this art that caught her attention in the early years of her business success in Europe.

Through 60 pieces from her collection, this exhibition presents the artistic tastes of this woman who was interested in what others considered to be ugly and claimed that in addition to the classic and even neo-classic aesthetic influencing the Occident, notions of personality, strength, expressive intensity from other cultures of the world were just as meaningful.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 10 April 2019

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Opening Time
From 11 November 2019 to 28 June 2020



    Quai Branly
    75007 Paris 7

    Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna", RER C station "Pont de l'Alma"

    Tarif réduit: 7 €
    Tarif plein: 10 €

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