In the land of the gods, Marc Chagall and the Greek world
November 16th 2019 - extended to September 21st 2020
Presentation of the exhibition: Through a series of works rarely shown, the exhibition explores the relationship between Marc Chagall and ancient Greek literature. At the invitation of his Greek-born publisher Tériade, the artist undertook two trips to Greece in 1952 and again in 1954, from which several projects resulted. Inspired by reading Daphnis et Chloé by Longus and Homer's Odyssey, Chagall's works took various forms.
From illustrated books to a monumental mosaic for the Faculty of Law of Nice, by way of the sets and costumes for the Daphnis et Chloé ballet for the Paris Opera, the master from Vence navigated and appropriated these classics of Mediterranean culture, the exhibition of which is an opportunity to offer a renewed perspective.
Anne Dopffer, Head of national Museums of 20th century of the Alpes-Maritimes
Jean-Baptiste Delorme, heritage curator of Marc Chagall national Museum
For more information, please find below the presskit of the exhibition:
Caption : Marc Chagall, Daphnis et Gnathon (detail), illustration for Daphnis et Chloé's book, 1961, lithography. Private collection © ADAGP, Paris, 2019.