Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul de Vence, 1985). The Blue Circus (Le cirque bleu).- 1950-52- Oil on linen canvas - 232.5 x 175.8 cm - Centre Pompidou, Paris. Dación 1988. En depósito, Musée national du Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Niza. © RMN / Gérard Blot.

Until May 20th 2012, – Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

For more than eighty years Marc Chagall cultivated an art practice inspired by love, memories, Russian and Jewish traditions, and the historical or artistic events he witnessed and in which he often played a part. This retrospective traces his artistic development chronologically and examines the main themes that pervade the work of this artist, who is essential in envisioning the twentieth century.

Marc Chagall - Portrait of Vava. 1953-1956. Oil on canvas. 95 x 73 - Private Collection

rganised by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Caja Madrid Foundation and curated by Jean-Louis Prat, President of the Comité Chagall, this exhibition will be the first major retrospective in Spain devoted to this Russian artist. Its principal aim is to highlight the prominent role played by Chagall within the history of art. The galleries of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will display work from the artist’s early years and from his period in Paris, at that time capital of the avant-garde. In addition, there will be sections on Chagall’s experience in Revolutionary Russia and in France up to the time of his enforced exile to the United States in 1941. The exhibition space of Caja Madrid Foundation will focus on the artist’s American years and on his subsequent artistic evolution. Attention will be paid to his use of biblical subjects and his relationship with contemporary poets. Also on display will be works in other media such as sculptures, ceramics and stained-glass windows.

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