Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage


Los Angeles

31 JUL 2017 - 07 JAN 2018
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Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage highlights the principal role that music and dance played in Chagall’s artistic practice, which is deeply linked to his Russian birthplace and upbringing. A significant source of inspiration and a central theme throughout his extensive oeuvre, music permeated Chagall’s engagement with modernism, from his early canvases in the 1910s to his first creations for the stage in the 1920s and his monumental set designs of the 1940s– 1960s. LACMA’s presentation of Chagall’s vibrant costumes and set designs—some of which have never been exhibited before—includes works from the ballets Aleko by Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloé by Ravel (1958), and Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967). In addition, the exhibition features a selection of iconic paintings depicting musicians and lyrical scenes, numerous sketches of his theatrical productions, and documentary footage of original performances. In bringing these pieces together, Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage communicates the moving and celebratory power of music and art, and spotlights this important aspect of the artist’s career.

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Timothy reviewed

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage
@ LACMA, Los Angeles, USA
12 Nov, 2017

It’s hard to go wrong at a place like LACMA and its big, open galleries. There was a real element of theater to this show wirh stages, mannequins and music, as well as a narrative that was easy to follow. Perfect first-date spot ;)