Poetic, unique, bizarre and fantastic: the art of Marc Chagall in Rome

Chagall - Pair of Lovers and Flowers (part)

Chiostro del Bramante, Rome

From 16 March to 26 July 2015

[box type=”shadow” ]” Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things I love.” (Marc Chagall) [/box]

A couple above Paris, copied in million of poster, an icon for all the lovers in the world that makes famous the Russian painter, is the core of the 140 works coming from the Israel Museum of Jerusalem, for the first time in Italy for the exhibition “Chagall – Love and life”.
A path into a soul studded by graphics, drawings, oils, lithographs and watercolors that recreated the poetic of Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) and his intense relationship with his wife Belle. It’s been also recreated the famous print house Mourlot of Paris, with it’s original presses, where the Russian artist created his graphics works, like his friends Picasso, Matisse, Braque and Giacometti.

Chagall - The Cattle Dealer
The Cattle Dealer

“The Chagall’s message – tells us the curator Ronit Sorek – is love for life. In particular for his home town, for Russia and Jewish life. But most of all the love for Bella, turned into a spiritual one when she died prematurely in 1944. All this love is expressed and displayed in this exhibition.”

Jewish culture, Russia, French painting and the dominant European avantgarde movements. Chagall’s painting is a blend of passion and poetry, his world is a bizarre and oneiric unique one.
At the exhibition you can admire Chagall’s entire life, kaleidoscopic and full of colors, having a full view of his entire artistic path, from the beginning to his mature masterpieces.
From his childhood in Vitebsk, Russian native town where he lived till the end of 800s with his Jewish family, to the numerous illustrations for his biography My Life and for books of his beloved wife Bella, First Encounter and Burning.

Chagall - Over Vicebsk - Pencil, India ink, gouache, watercolor, graphite, and crayon on cardboard
Over Vicebsk. Pencil, India ink, gouache, watercolor, graphite, and crayon on cardboard

The eight thematic sections are enriched by a multicolored scenic design, the projection of four works by Chagall that gradually take shape on walls enables visitors to observe on a large scale the masterpieces and to get more involved in the experience, like with The Walk displayed next to the original gouache.
Like we can see from the exhibition path, Chagall leave nothing behind in his imaginary and mature painting itinerary, from the landscape paintings of his native land to the illustrations for Bible (The Falling Angel, gouache of 1924) and Crucifiction (gouache of 1944).

Passionate by ‘Dead Souls‘ of Gogol, he enriched text with his master (the frontispiece and 15 etching figures, dated 1948). During his long time spent in France, Chagall created enchanting illustrations for fables of La Fontaine, also displayed in the Roman exhibition (including 18 figures of etching, watercolor and gouache). The concluding theme of the retrospective is about love and displays The Lovers, Two Lovers and Flowers, Two Lovers with Rooster.

Chagall The Feast of the Tabernacles, 1916
The Feast of the Tabernacles, 1916

“Style is not important. Express it is. The paint will have a psychological content. I crushed the bud my every decorative impulse. Eased the white, amalgamate the blue with a thousand thoughts. The psyche has to find his own way in the paintings. We have to work on the framework of thinking that something will come to be part of one’s soul and give substance. A framework should flourish as something alive. Must grab something elusive: the charm and the deep meaning of what we care about” words by Marc Chagall.

The patronage of the event is Roma Capitale, Assessorato Cultura e Turismo
Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and produced by Dart and Arthemisia Group.

– April 5, 10:00 am to 09:00 pm
– April 6, 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
– April 25, 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
– May 1, 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
– June 2, 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
– June 29, 10:00 am to 08:00 pm

– Full Price € 13,00 (audio guide included)
– Reduced € 11.00 (audio guide included); groups € 10.00; schools € 5.00/€ 3.00

Link: http://chiostrodelbramante.it/



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