The exhibition “Marc Chagall Le Passport de Lumiere” includes stained glass models that Chagall designed between 1956 and 1984 for building façades. It displays stained-glass windows of the Sayan Church, shedding light on the story of each of these works carried out during the reconstruction phase after World War II.
The Pompidou Museum in Metz, northeastern France, will present tomorrow, Saturday, on its website, and on various social networks, a virtual tour of its exhibition “Marc Chagall Le Passur de Lumiere”, which was supposed to open on the same date had it not been for the emerging Corona virus crisis.
The exhibition includes stained glass models designed by Chagall between 1956 and 1984 for building façades in the Gran East (Metz, Reims, Sarbourg) and southern France (Nice, Futzak) as well as in Germany, Switzerland, England, Israel and the United States.
These models are displayed alongside a collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and drawings from the collections of the Pompidou Gallery and Marc Chagall National Museum, international museums, and special collections for this exceptional exhibition organized as part of the eighth centenary of the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne de Metz.
The stained-glass windows of the Sayan Church in Correz are part of the exhibition, shedding light on the story of each of these works carried out in the post-WWII period of reconstruction and artistic restoration.
These works provided Chagall (1887-1985), an avant-garde artist with Jewish roots, an opportunity to express his vision of the Bible, which he considered “the greatest source of poetry of all time,” which he believed transcended all beliefs.
The colorful “Chagall” windows, including those that illuminate Metz Cathedral, were designed during the final stage of the artist’s prolific career marked by the exploration of multiple techniques.
The works on display allow the visitor to discover how long Chagall’s artistic language was influenced by the various visual cultures that shaped his imagination. From his hometown of Vitebsk Belarus, he was influenced by the Yiddish language and the stories of the Bible and Orthodox hymns that chanted between icons.
Visitors to the exhibition can also discover Chagall’s Parisian works, ranging from the fragmentation of cubic shapes to the radiant glow of “wild way” colors.
This virtual guided tour will be accompanied by the curator’s commentary on the exhibition, Ilya Bezonsky, along with Chagall’s granddaughter and many professionals. The exhibition will be available on “Instagram”, “Facebook”, “YouTube”, “Twitter”, “LinkedIn” and on the website of the “Pompidou-Metz” museum.
The exhibition is scheduled to last until March 15, and the Pompidou Museum will open its doors to the public when the government lifts the restrictive measures imposed to combat the Corona pandemic.
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