Giorgio de Chirico and Marc Chagall. Tales : biblical themes, ancient myths and other

National Bank of Slovakia

Kremnica, Slovakia : 15/05/2018 to 31/07/2018


Following the success of this exhibition in Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, ... original works by Giorgio de Chirico and Marc Chagall that compose it, are now in Slovakia, in the Museum of Coins and Medals in Kremnica, museum of Národná banka Slovenska and is realized in partnership with Art Expo S.I.A.. Exhibition is open from 15 May to 31 July and is featuring 80 original works of two greatest masters of our time.

Exhibition Marc Chagall – Giorgio de Chirico “Tales : biblical themes, ancient myths and other” consists of works by artists, which evoke the shocking and surreal dreamlike image of the early twentieth century. The exhibition offer the possibility to admire lithographs of greatest artists 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 Mgr. Kesauri Aleksandre, Mgr. Kessaouri Vassili, Mgr. Erika Haas-Kianickova, Mgr. Magdalena Kamhalova and produced and organized by Art Expo S.I.A. 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 5 thematic sections:

1. Marc Chagall's different years' works
2. Daphnis & Chloe - Marc Chagall
3. Four Tales from the Arabian Nights - Marc Chagall
4. Twelve Tribes of Israel - Marc Chagall
5. Apocalypse of St. John - Giorgio de Chirico

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.

Section four - Twelve Tribes of Israel by Marc Chagall

Amazing Marc Chagall's the Twelve Maquettes of Stained Glass Windows for Jerusalem. Marc Chagall’s Windows of Jerusalem lithographs are some of the most important works in Chagall’s oeuvre as they showcase the beauty and intricacy with which Chagall designed an architectural masterpiece in the stained glass windows at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. The accumulation of years of labor, this lithograph series portrays Chagall’s passion for religious narration and the inescapable draw that everyone has to his dreamy interpretation of them.

And final section five - Apocalypse of John and other works of Giorgio De Chirico

Giorgio De Chirico has the courage to look at the vision of John with the eyes of a child who relies totally on the goodness of the Father and of the Son, the tenderness in the night of Bethlehem. And here the picture is a sacred freedom overwhelming: is hope and play together, liturgy and the stage. Everything is accepted and imagined, except the fear and horror of the abyss. There is no disrespect, but the consciousness of mercy.

The religious themes in de Chirico is developed in the forties, from engravings to the Apocalypse and continues in later years with a search unknown, and often unprecedented, the outcome complex and problematic. Illustrations inhabited by monsters and dragons, are presented by Giorgio de Chirico with images whose purity and completeness are close to childish vision: obscure, very simple and complex in philosophical and religious symbolism at the same time. That combination a peculiar perception of the world one of the greatest artists of our time - de Chirico, symbolist and surrealist, feed from the roots of classical art evergreen tree.

It is recommended by Kremnicke noviny.

National Bank of Slovakia
Kremnica, Slovakia

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Time work of Museum : 9.00 - 16.30

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