Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power

Apr. 21-Jul. 12, 2015
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) was born in Poland and immigrated – via Australia and Paris – to New York at the beginning of World War I. She then opened her first U.S. salon featuring her face cream made from lanolin and revolutionized the cosmetics industry. She sold her corporation to Lehman Brothers in 1928 but repurchased the stock and went on to open her acclaimed spa on Fifth Avenue along with salons across the country, and the manufacturing arm.

A collector of people and art, she commissioned Salvador Dalí to design packaging for her compacts and to paint her portrait. He was not the only one to paint Ms. Rubinstein, and this show includes portraits by Picasso, Man Ray, and Warhol.

Included are paintings by Miró and Chagall, and selections from her fine jewelry and couture clothing collections. Vintage advertisements, photographs of her residences in New York, Paris, and London, and her spas and salons will bring to the fore Ms. Rubinstein as a savvy businessperson and cultural icon.

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York. 

The exhibition is made possible by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation.


Roberto Montenegro's "Helena Rubinstein in a Mexican Silver Necklace" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Roberto Montenegro, Helena Rubinstein in a Mexican Silver Necklace, 1941. Oil on canvas, 31 ½ x 27 12/16 in. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.