The Birthday. Oil on cardboard, 1915. Museum of Modern Art, New York — © The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Chagall ® SABAM Belgium 2015 / photo: Scala, Florence.
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Over 200 works of Marc Chagall have been gathered worldwide for this major retrospective exhibition. From early paintings of 1908 to his final, monumental works of the 1980s, the show offers a rich overview of the painter’s artistic career.
The exhibition presents the main themes of his work, in particular his connection with Jewish culture, the iconography of the shtetl, folk traditions, but also his discovery of 17th century literature such as La Fontaine, the revelation of light and the particular use of colour.
Special attention is given to his Russian period at a time his personal style stands out in an avant-garde art scene featured by the cubist revolution.
The original poetic language of Chagall is faithfully revived and the visitors are immersed in his amazing artistic world influenced by different cultures and traditions.
Cow with Parasol. Oil on canvas, 1946. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York — © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / Chagall ® SABAM Belgium 2015
I and the Village. Pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 1912. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, inv. 11108 — © RMFAB, Brussels / Chagall ® SABAM Belgium 2015 / photo: J. Geleyns – Ro scan
Organized by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, in partnership with the Palazzo reale in Milan, 24 ORE, Arthemisia Group, GAmm Giunti, this retrospective exhibition is curated by Claudia Zevi, with the collaboration of Meret Meyer and Michel Draguet.
This show brings together artworks from over twenty international institutions: Tate, MoMA New York, Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Beyeler Foundation, Maeght Foundation, Nagoya City Art Museum Japan, the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg, etc.