Exhibition views of “Hedy Lamarr – The Strange Woman”, 2022

Photos © Salim Santa Lucia
© Adagp, Paris, 2022


Hedy Lamarr – The Strange Woman

Christophe Berhault, Florian Bézu, Jean-Luc Blanc, Nina Childress, franckDavid, Brice Dellsperger, Cyril Duret, Sylvie Fanchon, Marina Faust, Hedy Lamarr, Natacha Lesueur, Katrin Plavčak, Camille Vivier

17 Sept. 2022 — 21 Jan. 2023

  • Curating:Marc Bembekoff and Nina Childress
  • Opening:16 Sept. 2022

This exhibition honours Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000), a woman whose extraordinary career took her from Austria to the studios of Hollywood, made her the most beautiful woman in the world, a glamorous actress, a decadent star, and the inventor of Wi-Fi, but also an artist, whose painting and drawing practice is not very well known.


Through this exhibition project, conceived with the artist Nina Childress, “Hedy Lamarr – The Strange Woman” invites twelve artists to share their visions of this exceptional woman.  In keeping with the domestic architecture of La Galerie, the exhibition’s design paints a portrait of this “strange woman”, intertwining existing objects (photographs, paperbooks, souvenirs, and more) with works borrowed or produced for the occasion.

Hedy Lamarr’s impact on our collective imagination is put into context, with ideas opening up a wide panorama, from Vienna to Hollywood, even Noisy-le-Sec: decorative arts, iconography, a form of queer aesthetics, technology, fetishism, etc. From painting to video, and including photography and sculpture, each artist focuses on one aspect of the life of Hedy Lamarr, keeping alive the flame of this atypical icon, cultivating the memory of her unknown destiny.

Around the exhibition

Saturday 17 September 2022

4:30pm: guided tour with the curators Marc Bembekoff and Nina Childress

6:30pm: screening of Alexandra Dean’s documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017), followed by a discussion

Le Trianon

Place Carnot
F-93230 Romainville

+33 (0)1 83 74 56 00


Part of the Journées du Patrimoine/Matrimoine


Saturday 1st October 2022, 7pm

As a tribute to Hedy Lamarr, La Galerie is inviting Félicie Prine and Janine Tendo for an evening of drag queens based on Hollywood and all its decadent stars, with bingo and lipsynch


Part of Nuit Blanche

In partnership with Métropole du Grand Paris and TRAM, réseau art contemporain Paris / Île-de-France
+33 (0)1 53 34 64 43 / taxitram@tram-idf.fr


Sunday 9 October 2022, 2pm – 6pm

Special opening of the exhibition

2pm: guided tour with the curators Marc Bembekoff and Nina Childress


Part of the Rencontres artistiques de Noisy-le-Sec


Thursday 12 January 2023, 6:30pm

“Une histoire de… l’art contemporain au pays d’Hollywood”

Talk by Marc Bembekoff

Médiathèque Roger-Gouhier

3 rue Jean Jaurès

F-93130 Noisy-le-Sec

+33 (0)1 83 74 57 61


Saturday 21 January 2023, 4:30pm – 7pm

6pm: concert by Kinky Muppet

Other venues: Cinémathèque française

Exhibition “Top secret : cinéma et espionnage” from 21 October 2022 to 21 May 2023

A season of Hedy Lamarr films from 2 to 19 November 2022

Cinémathèque française

51 rue de Bercy

F-75012 Paris

+33 (0)1 71 19 33 33

Creative Saturdays (6-12 years)

Each Saturday, 2:30pm  4pm (except for school holidays) 

Free workshops, registration required


Booking for the next workshop


With artist Sarah Nefissa Belhadjali, participants explore a number of visual techniques connected to the exhibition.


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