Marc Chagall - Anticipation of a Miracle

Center of Contemporary Art

Riga, Latvia : 22/07/2014 to 22/09/2014


First time in Latvia, original works of Marc Chagall are now in Center of Contemporary Art, Riga and is realized in partnership with Collection Kesauri. Exhibition is open from 22/07/2014 to 22/09/2014 and is featuring 45 original works of greatest master of our time.

Exhibition Marc Chagall. Anticipation of a Miracle consists of works by artist, which evoke the shocking and surreal dreamlike image of the early twentieth century. The exhibition offer the possibility to admire lithographs of greatest artist of our age, executed on a religious and mythic-tales themes, had an important part in they spiritual life and have found expression in the masterpieces created by them.

Curated by Kesauri Aleksandre, Kessaouri Vassili, produced and organized by SIA Art Expo in partnership with the Collection Kesauri.

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After a number of detailed introductions to the artists and their period, the exhibition is divided into 3 thematic sections:

1. Marc Chagall's different years' works
2. Daphnis & Chloe
3. Four Tales from the Arabian Nights

Section one - Marc Chagall's different years' works

Section one introduces visitors to one of Marc Chagall's greatest artistic passion: engraving, or lithography to be more precise. An exceptional series of works show us the most liked by this Great Master themes, whose motifs he drawn along all his life.

This is followed by two sections devoted to tales by Marc Chagall - Daphnis & Chloe and Four Tales from the Arabian Nights

The set of original lithographs “Daphnis & Chloe” is considered to be one of Chagall’s most important graphic works among his enormous artistic heritage. Chagall created these exquisite, colorful illustrations in the 1950s soon after his second marriage. Marc Chagall's illustrations to the pastoral tale, which is set on the island of Lesbos, were inspired by his firsthand experience in Greece.

After Bella's death, trying to proceed with his work, Chagall began to create his first color lithographs “Four Tales from The Arabian Nights”. From the 1,001 stories in “The Arabian Nights” Chagall chose just four which deal with the themes of lost love, reunion and death:
- The Ebony Horse,
- Julnar the Sea-Born and her Son King Badr Basim of Persia,
- Abdullah the Fisherman and Abdullah the Merman,
- Kamar Al-Zaman and the Jeweller’s Wife.

Chagall's “Four Tales from The Arabian Nights” are considered to be the finest examples of the color lithography created in the United States before 1950. He was honored in 1948 by being awarded the graphic prize at the Venice Biennale.

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