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Where to find Marc Chagall Art Exhibitions in 2023 around the World

For fans of Marc Chagall art, below is a comprehensive list of scheduled exhibitions around the world in 2020. Please share with us your feedback if you visit any of these exhibitions. Also let us know if we have missed any major exhibitions scheduled.

“I chose the painting because it was just as indispensable to me as all the food. It seemed to me like a window through which I flew into another world. ” 

Marc Chagall quote from a lecture at the University of Chicago, February 1958

Exhibition: Chagall: World in Turmoil

When: From March 17 until June 18, 2023
Where: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway

The exhibition is focusing on the lesser-known period of Marc Chagall’s (1887-1985) art, namely his works from the 1930s and 1940s. It was in this period that the artist’s colorful palette darkens. Throughout his life, his artwork was often under the influence on what was happening around him. During the early 1930s, Marc Chagall’s work increasingly explored the aggressive anti-Semitism growing throughout Europe. Because of the Nazi occupation in France and his life in danger as a Jew, he managed to escape with his family and emigrate to the United States in 1941. Chagall’s artworks from this period very often reflect on the themes of identity, homeland and exile. 

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Marc Chagall, Around Her, 1945, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne
Marc Chagall, Around Her, 1945, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne

Exhibition: Chagall, Paris – New York

Where: The Atelier des Lumières, Paris, France
When: February 17, 2023 until January 2024

Marc Chagall and his whimsical paintings are the upcoming immersive exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris. In this vibrant exhibition, the inner world of Marc Chagall will parade the massive walls, floors and ceilings, accompanied by extracts of classical, klezmer & jazz, music , all of which were a part of his cultural universe. 

From Belarus to New York via Paris and Berlin, Marc Chagall lived a rich, but sometimes tragic and fascinating life. His colorful artworks always reflecting his inner thoughts in the rapidly changing world.

Chagall’s Jewish identity was important to him throughout his life. However as a Jew, he lived in dangerous times. Young Chagall experienced anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia during his youth. Years later, during the dark years of WW2, France also became a dangerous place for Jews to live. Chagall and his family were forced to flee Europe and seek asylum in the United States.

Marc Chagall was the last surviving master of European Modernism, dying in 1985 at age ninety-seven. His incredible career spanned eight decades.

His depictions of Jewish life and portraits of religious figures are shocking when viewed with the knowledge of the events yet to come. While the fantastical and magical worlds of Chagall’s paintings are inspired by notions of desire and love, his practice is ultimately sparked by his Jewish identity and was epitomized by the artist in 1922.

“If I were not a Jew…I wouldn’t have been an artist”.

Marc chagall, 1922

This immersive retrospective enables us to admire the work, career and adaptability of Chagall who always wanted to use his art as a message of peace, love and hope.

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Marc Chagall exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières, Paris, France
Marc Chagall painting

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love”

Marc chagall

Exhibition: Marc Chagall: The Color of Love

Where: Heather James Fine Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
When: September 8 until March 31, 2023

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love”

Marc chagall

What is the color of love? Perhaps no other artist has come close to depicting a life of joy, of color, and of love as Marc Chagall. This exhibition covers five decades of Chagall’s career, each work depicting a different decade.

Marc Chagall’s work is defined by his use of colors and the dream-like quality of his figures and scenes. While many different styles influenced the artist, such as Fauvism, Surrealism, and Cubism, Chagall maintained a unique style that stayed fairly consistent over a long and prolific career.

A work made of gouache with encaustic and oil paint on cream wove paper.© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Central to Chagall’s work is his Jewish identity. Whether explicitly in the depiction of Jewish traditions or in incorporating the visual language of Jewish culture, much of what makes Chagall’s voice unique derived from synthesizing the emerging Modernist trends of the early 20th century and his Jewish identity.

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Exhibition: A Farewell to Art: Chagall, Shakespeare and Prospero

When: 25 Nov 2022 until 12 Feb 2023
Where: The Arc, Winchester, UK

This exhibition features 50 beautiful black and white illustrations created to reflect Marc Chagall’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s magical play, The Tempest. The exhibition draws on a number of themes, including the relationship between Shakespeare’s Renaissance aristocratic characters in The Tempest and Chagall’s own imaginary mythological world.

Curated by Hanna Scolnicov, the exhibition presents her idea that Chagall saw Shakespeare’s Tempest as symbolic of the tempest that engulfed his own life and the traumatic experiences of European Jews in the first half of the twentieth century.

Chagall knew the pain of being a refugee, having left his country of birth, Belarus. He settled in Paris in 1907 and then, after being caught in his home town of Vitebsk during the First World War, eventually managed to return to Paris again in 1923. Chagall was then forced to become a refugee again in 1941 due to Nazi occupation and escaped to New York. It would be perfectly understandable if he related to the exiled Prospero.

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