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The exhibition Marc Chagall, “the Triumph of Music” is at the Paris Philharmonic from 13th, October 2015 to 31st, January 2016
Music soothes the savage breast. There is nothing better to take your mind off things than going to the exhibition “Marc Chagall, the Triumph of Music” at the Paris Philharmonic and letting yourself immerse in the heart of the artist’s boundless universe. May the bodies swirl and the birds whirl to the pealing of colourful bells.
Marc Chagall was born in 1887 into a Hasidic family, in a township near Vitbesk, Russia. According to the Hasidic Tales by I.L. Peretz, “one could count the number of men living in a household by the number of violins hanging on the walls – as all of them play this instrument, from the grandfather to the son”. To that extent, violins, mandolins and Russian songs lulled young Chagall’s childhood and inspired his future artistic tastes.
Two simultaneous exhibitions are currently tracing back this particular bond between Chagall and music. There is firstly the exhibition entitled “The Sources of Music” held at La Piscine (Roubaix) until 31st, January 2016. And there is the Paris exhibition “The Triumph of Music”, which delves into the artist’s creations from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Paris Philharmonic offers a non linear narrative. It starts with the famous ceiling of the Paris Opera House, painted by Chagall in 1964. Chagall’s masterpiece is now revered but then incurred critics’ wrath, even if André Malraux supported it.
Let yourself get carried away by the melodies leading amongst the numerous canvas, drawings, costumes and videos. The noteworthy paper collages dating back to the 1960s and 1970s appear as so many delights to the eyes.
You are thus travelling to Chagall’s masterpiece, “Decoration of Jewish Theatre”. The eight remaining panels crafted between 1919 and 1920 – and especially the green-faced fiddler dancing on a roof – are to be seen way too rarely outside of Moscow. It is then such a pleasure to be able to marvel at the complete series!
Music is everywhere to be found in Chagall’s work, so let yourself be soothed!
Address: Musée de la musique, Cité de la musique, Philharmonie 2, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris – ( Metro Porte de Pantin, line 7, RER line E stop Pantin and tramway lige 3b, stop Porte de Pantin)
Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday 12am-6pm, on Friday 12am-10pm, on Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm
Admission fees: full fare: 10 euros, discounted price: 5 euros and 8 euros for members