Chagall : Modern Master in Zurich until 12 May 2013
The Kunsthaus Zürich is showing an exhibition featuring some 90 paintings and works on paper by Marc Chagall (1887–1985). Chagall is one of the best-known and most popular artists of the 20th century. His images of Russian village life, floating figures, flying cows and roosters are famous. The exhibition focuses on the years from 1911 to 1922 – a formative period in Chagall’s artistic career.
During these crucial years Chagall established himself as a pioneer of modern art, and consolidated his unique visual language to create pictures that were to form the core of his art for the rest of his life. Covered with imagery drawn from Jewish ritual and folklore, Chagall’s paintings of these years responded to the stimuli of the emerging avant-garde styles as well as to the art of the past.
Chagall experienced modernism’s “golden age” in Paris before the First World War, and combined elements of Fauvism, Cubism and Orphism to produce his dreamlike visions that were in turn to influence Expressionist and Surrealist art. During his stay in Russia between 1914 and 1922, Chagall encountered the monotonous artistic trends of Suprematism and Constructivism.
Throughout these artistic phases Chagall kept his identity as a Jewish artist. His roots in an impoverished Jewish shtetl would remain significant for his world view and his nostalgia for his Hasidic childhood would remain a dominant presence in his art.
The exhibition is organized by the Kunsthaus Zürich in collaboration with Tate Liverpool and it presents numerous works from major European and American collections, including the Centre Pompidou – MNAM (Paris), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and MOMA (New York), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St Petersburg) and Tate (London).
This exhibition is highly recommended and deserves a trip to Zurich.
Sat/Sun/Tues 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
Wed–Fri 10 a.m.– 8 p.m.
In addition to normal opening hours, the Chagall exhibition is also open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.