Chagall: Modern Master at Tate Liverpool

Posted on 17 June 2013
By Jade-Elizabeth Masters
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Tate Liverpool are hosting a major exhibition by Russian artist Marc Chagall this summer. The exhibition is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in the UK for over fifteen years and focuses on the artist’s years in Paris and Russia during the period 1911-22.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was a passionate visionary and pioneer of the avant-garde, who combined his own response to the art movements of the day with an open display of affection for his native Russia and Hasidic Jewish heritage.

At the centre of some of the most significant events of the 20th century, Chagall lived a long life and survived through the Russian Revolution and two world wars.

Despite being esteemed by the surrealists in Paris, he never considered himself a surrealist and never associated with the émigré community, but his work dips into the avant-garde.

The exhibition brings together more than seventy paintings and drawings in a rare opportunity to see a substantial body of work that demonstrates the depth and diversity of Chagall’s art as it matured during his pivotal years.

From private collections and major institutions, the work is presented thematically, following Chagall’s associations with avant-garde movements from cubism to orphism and to suprematism.

One of the exhibition’s highlights is a rare glimpse into Chagall’s work with the State Jewish Chamber Theatre in Moscow. These include seven large murals depicting a whole world of Jewish culture on giant wall panels which were commissioned to decorate the theatre’s interior.

Chagall: Modern Master is open at Tate Liverpool until 6th October.