Chagall, Paris – New YorkAn artistic creation by Gianfranco Iannuzzi / Scientific advisor: Cecilia Braschi / Directed by: Spectrelab / Musical collaboration: Start-Rec
The immersive exhibition is devoted to the prolific and unclassifiable painter, Marc Chagall (1887–1985) on the 17th of February 2023 at the Atelier des Lumières. This unique digital exhibition will present his entire oeuvre, revealing a work rooted in its times, at the crossroads of the artistic and cultural novelties of his century and in constant renewal.
Paris and New York, the emblematic capitals of modern art, represent two crucial stages in the artist’s long career. Paris was his chosen city, and thanks to the avant-garde movements of the 1910s, it provided the young Russian painter with a pool of experimental work, which he enriched with his own cultural references. New York was primarily a place of exile during the 1940s, and yet it gave the artist’s creativity fresh impetus. After the war, several exhibitions and major commissions reinforced the links between Paris and New York and brought Chagall back to the United States, up until the 1970s.
During this immersive exhibition, all the themes and images present in the artist’s repertoire will be projected onto the walls of the Atelier des Lumières, like intertwined cut-out images. They will be complemented by short extracts of classical music, klezmer, and jazz, which were also part of Chagall’s cultural universe. His fantastic bestiary, his marvellous characters from circuses, fables, and the opera, as well as biblical episodes and references to Russian culture, poetically evoke the artist’s rich life experiences, which naturally resonates with the collective experiences of his people and generation.
As a witness of the greatest historical events of the Twentieth Century —from the darkest to the most uplifting— Chagall turned his bold and imaginative art into an instrument of commitment, peace, and hope.
Artistic creation by: Gianfranco Iannuzzi
Scientific advisor: Cecilia Braschi
Directed by: Spectrelab
Musical collaboration: Start-Rec