CHAGALL: WORLD IN TURMOIL

November 4, 2022—February 19, 2023

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is regarded as the poet among the artists of modernism. In a major exhibition, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt sheds light on a so far little-known side of his oeuvre: Chagall’s works of the 1930s and 1940s, in which the artist’s colorful palette becomes darker. The life and work of the Jewish painter were profoundly affected by the art policies of the National Socialists and the Holocaust. By the early 1930s, Chagall’s works were already examining the increasingly aggressive anti-Semitism in Europe, and he finally emigrated to the United States in 1941. During these years, his art works touch on central themes such as identity, homeland, and exile.

Marc Chagall, The Falling Angel, Oil on canvas, 147.5 x 188.5 cm, Kunstmuseum Basel, deposit from private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Martin P. Bühler

THE exhibition sheds light on a so far little-known side of his oeuvre: his works of the 1930s and 1940s

With more than 100 haunting paintings, works on paper, photos, and documents, the exhibition traces the artist’s search for a pictorial language in the face of expulsion and persecution. It presents important works from the 1930s, in which Chagall focused more and more on the Jewish world, numerous self-portraits, his orientation toward allegorical and Biblical themes, and the important designs in exile for the ballets “Aleko” (1942) and “The Firebird” (1945). The exhibition also addresses the artist’s recurring preoccupation with his hometown, Vitebsk, and main works such as “The Falling Angel” (1923/1933/1947). Altogether, the Schirn will provide a new and highly relevant view of the oeuvre of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

An exhibition of Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in cooperation with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo.

Marc Chagall, The Lights of Marriage, 1945, oil on canvas, 123 x 120 cm, Kunsthaus Zürich, © Kunsthaus Zürich, Geschenk Nachlass Ernst Göhner, 1973 / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

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14.07.2022 | In a major exhibition, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt sheds light on a so far little-known side of Marc Chagall's oeuvre: his works of the 1930s and 1940s.

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Marc Chagall, The Falling Angel, 1923/1933/1947, Oil on canvas, 147.5 x 188.5 cm, Kunstmuseum Basel, Deposit from Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Martin P. Bühler

Marc Chagall, The Black Glove, 1923–1948, Oil, tempera, and colored India ink on canvas, 111 x 81.5 cm, Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: Archives Marc et Ida Chagall

Marc Chagall, Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, 1931, Oil and gouache on canvas, 100 x 81.2 cm, Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: Archives Marc et Ida Chagall

Marc Chagall, Solitude, 1933, Oil on canvas, 102 x 169 cm, Collection Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Gift of the artist, through the State of Israel, 1953, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Marc Chagall, The Dream, ca. 1938 /39, Gouache on paper, 39.7 × 49.5 cm , The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of Lee and Suzanne Huston Ettelson, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: 2022 courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

Marc Chagall, Bonjour Paris, 1939–1942, Oil, pastel, gouache, and India ink on cardboard, 62 x 46 cm, Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: Archives Marc et Ida Chagall

Marc Chagall, The War, 1943, Oil on canvas, 106 x 76 cm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, On deposit at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Céret, France (Céret), Gift of the artist, 1953, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: bpk / CNAC-MNAM / Jacqueline Hyde

Marc Chagall, Around Her, 1945, Oil on canvas,131 × 109.5 cm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, Gift of the artist, 1953, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: bpk / CNAC-MNAM / Philippe Migeat

Marc Chagall, The Wedding Candles, 1945, Oil on canvas, 123 x 120 cm, Kunsthaus Zürich, © Kunsthaus Zürich, Donated by the heirs of Ernst Göhner, 1973 / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

Marc Chagall, The Soul of the City, 1945, Oil on canvas, 107 x 82 cm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art modern / Centre de création industrielle, Gift of the artist, 1953, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: bpk / CNAC-MNAM

Marc Chagall, Cow with a Parasol, 1946, Oil on canvas, 81.3 × 108 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler, 2007 (2007.247.3), © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: bpk / The Metropolitan Museum of Art