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Jean Lambert-Rucki

Jean Lambert-Rucki was born in Cracow, Poland in 1888. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Cracow before he moved to Paris in 1911. In Paris he associated with his friend, Moise Kisling, along with Modigliani, Soutine, and the other artists of Montparnasse. Lambert-Rucki exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1919. Beginning in 1920, he exhibited regularly at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d’Automne and, from 1933, at the Salon des Tuileries. Lambert-Rucki also showed with the Cubists at the Section d’Or group from 1922 to 1924. From 1924, he exhibited at the gallery of Léonce Rosenberg, Galerie l‘Effort Moderne.

Lambert-Rucki had been friends with Leopold Survage before the First World War and, in about 1919, they met again. Both artists exhibited at Galerie l’Effort Moderne and the Section d’Or. In 1930 Lambert-Rucki was invited to participate in the first exhibition of l’Union des Artistes Modernes, where he continued to show his works in subsequent years.

Lambert-Rucki was represented in the Pavillon de l’Union des Artistes Moderne at l’Exposition Universalle in Paris in 1937. He executed many wall sculptures and masks. He also exhibited jewelry designs that were produced by master jeweler, Jean Fouquet, and shown in the Pavillon de la Lumiére. A sculptor and a painter, Lambert-Rucki collaborated with furniture designer Jean Dunand whom he met in 1923 doing designs for Dunand’s lacquered furniture

Working in several different styles, Lambert-Rucki painted Cubist cityscapes as well as many works influenced by the Tribal Art of Africa.
He participated in a group exhibition in 1950 at the Renaissance Gallery Paris, France and, from 1955 to 1967 conducted a workshop called 'My Laboratory' France.


2002 When colour becomes sculpture: polychromed bronzes by Jean LAMBERT-RUCKI, temporal exhibition, Jacques De Vos Gallery, Paris, France
2001 The Golden Section (1912-1925) - French Cubism, temporal exhibition, Hong-Kong Museum of Art, Hong-Kong, Japan
1999 Montparnasse - Europe of the artists, 1915/45, archeological regional museum, Aoste
1995 “Les Rucki, Père et Fille”, exhibition at the Jacques De Vos Gallery, Paris, France
1994 From Picasso to Man Ray: Treasures of the school of Paris” international museum of la Cloche, Apolda, Germany
1994 Modern Art Museum, Alençon, France
1993 “Parisians and the others...” exhibition at the Jacques De Vos Gallery, Paris, France
1992 - 1993 “Montparnasse, world workshop 1910-1930”, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie, Forum des Arts, Marseille, France
1989 Art Deco in Europe: trends in applied arts around 1925, Palais des Beaux- arts, Brussels, Belgium
1989 Lambert-Rucki and the moderns, Franka Berndt gallery, Paris, France
1988 Les années UAM, 1929-1958, musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France
1988 Retrospective at the Jacques De Vos Gallery, Paris and publication of a book
1985 Jean Dunand, Delorenzo gallery, New York, United States
1979 Jean Lambert-Rucki, Sammlung Brohan, Berlin, Germany1977 “Trois sculpteurs des années 30: Gargallo, Lambert-Rucki, Csaky”: first important posthumous exhibition at the Bourdelle Museum, Paris, France
1976 50th anniversary of the 1925 exhibition, musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France 1950 Renaissance Gallery Paris, France
1930 Pavillon de Marsan Paris, France
1920 - 1926 La Foule, Effert Moderne Gallery
1920 - 1926 Salon des Indépendants France
1920 Section d'Or, Boetie Gallery Paris, France
1913 Salon d'Automne Paris, France