Exhibition – Show on Marc Chagall: Dream of a Summer Night

A few days ago, I visited the exhibition-show on Marc Chagall, which is being presented for the first time in Italy in Milan, in the Permanente Museum, where it will remain open until January 28, 2018.

Although I am not an art expert, I have always admired Marc Chagall’s works. However, this exhibition has made me aware of the enormous variety of his artistic production. By use of multimedia technology, the life of the artist, which lasted for almost a century, is discovered. Born on July 7, 1887, he died on March 28, 1985.

Not everyone knows that he was born in Vitebsk, Belarus, and that his real name was Moishe Segal, a French nationalist of Jewish origin.

The exhibition is concentrated in two rooms, one large and the other small. After having listened to the interesting information at the entrance of the exhibition, the spectators enter a large room with blank white walls and a central light, during a moment of silence.

Along the walls are seats and there is a central turret, which is accessed via a ladder. From here you have the opportunity to look around from the top of the room: you find bare white walls and lots of unlit spotlights on the ceiling. In summary: an empty room.

When the central light shuts off, it is replaced by the lighting of spotlights that illuminate the walls and floor with a wide range of colours: it is the beginning of the show!

There are 12 short stories about the various aspects of the works of the artist that I personally did not know. It is a journey into the personal and work life of Marc Chagall, who had not only been the artist of paintings, but has also produced colourful stained glass windows for cathedrals, theatre scripts, and has experimented with sculptures, pottery and glass.

An eclectic artist who has expressed himself in various disciplines of contemporary art. All this is shown through the beautiful series of videos offered in the show.

Like all the artists, Chagall has had periods of his life characterized by different moods that have reflected on his work: some full of glittering colours to the joy of living others sadder and deeply nostalgic.

Chagall married for the first time in 1915 with Bella Rosenfeld, daughter of rich goldsmiths, and remained faithful until her death in 1944 from a viral infection.

Only in 1949 Chagall managed to escape the strong depression he had fallen into and in 1952 he remarried with Valentina Brodsky.

He died in 1985, at 98, without ever having interrupted his work. One of his later works seems to have been the stained-glass windows of St. Stephen’s Church in Mainz in Germany.

The exhibition highlights all the eclecticism of this artist. The images that follow, enriched by lights and colours that almost hypnotize, are accompanied by very well-selected music, that make us immerse ourselves in a surreal world in which we become part of the presentation and participate in it visually, mentally and emotionally.

Personally I felt very satisfied, enthusiastic about having participated and very relaxed, despite a busy day of work. The beauty of art in all its manifestations is confirmed as a great and positive therapy for the soul and body.

It is not necessary to be a follower of the subject to experience strong emotions when confronted by the spectacular presented in this exhibition. Just let yourself be carried along by the wonderful succession of pictures, sounds and colours that are so cleverly combined.

 

Article written by Guglielmina Pepe and  Renato Colombai