Until 31st January 2016
The exhibition Marc Chagall, le triomphe de la musique (the Triumph of Music) at the Philharmonie de Paris until 31st January 2016, explores the works of the painter Marc Chagall connected with music.
The exhibition draws us into the world of Marc Chagall, the Russian painter, engraver and set designer who was inspired by music in all his work. With artistic director Ambre Gauthier and pianist Mikhail Rudy as musical director, the exhibition Marc Chagall, the Triumph of Music presents a rich panorama of nearly 300 works: documents, drawings, costumes, sculptures, audio-visual displays and soundtracks that allow the visitor to enjoy a unique artistic and sensuous experience.
The exhibition at the Philharmonie recreates a journey back through time, starting with a tribute to the final major work by Marc Chagall: the ceiling at the Garnier Opera House, commissioned by André Malraux in 1962. Thanks to the high definition digital mastering done by the Google Cultural Institute in Paris visitors can examine at close quarters the famous ceiling, in a multimedia installation. With a soundtrack lasting 22 minutes creating the perfect accompaniment to a study of the work, Mikhail Rudy has chosen pieces of music from each of the fourteen composers painted by Marc Chagall. The result is an amazing visual and audio experience.
Marc Chagall, the Triumph of Music brings together his architectural and decorative mastery linked to music, showing the painter’s canvasses filled with violins, flutes and mandolins. The exhibition holds many other surprises: this is the opportunity to see some pieces rarely lent for display in France, like the mural Commedia dell’Arte from the Frankfurt Theatre, the panels painted for the Jewish Theatre in Moscow encompassing different arts, the splendid costumes designed for the ballets Aleko and The Firebird, not forgetting the scenery for Mozart’s Magic Flute. Finally the visitor comes to a collection of photographs hitherto unseen, taken in Chagall’s studio in the 60s. By examining all of the painter’s theatrical designs, the exhibition sheds light on the work of the Russian painter who became a naturalised Frenchman and the strong bond between Chagall and music. Through the high quality multimedia installations and the remarkable staging, all is laid bare before the visitor: the triumph of music in the work and life of Chagall is revealed to us little by little.
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Place : Philharmonie de Paris
Address : 221 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris
District : La Villette
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Transport : Metro: Porte de Pantin