From Europe, With Culture

Seven European Exhibits You Should Not Miss

By Rhuaridh Marr
Published on August 2, 2012, 2:23am | Comments

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Musée Chagall
Nice, France

Marc Chagall is often cited as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Indeed, he's one of the most successful, with examples of his paintings, tapestries, stained glass and other pieces spread across Europe. A first generation Modernist, Chagall’s works have endured the years, drawing inspiration from the various settings he found himself in during his life. His art follows a personal timeline -- pieces remembering life in Russia, works depicting his emotions at Nazi rule in Europe, religious paintings and stained glass following his experiences in Palestine and with the Bible. Chagall's work is defined by a man in a constant state of transit, and the Musée Chagall seeks to quantify the profound effect his exile to the U.S. had on his paintings -- as well as how similar exiles affected artists like Nussbaum, Picasso and Kandinsky. The exhibition demonstrates the effects of abandonment of one's roots, as well as the transformative qualities investing in a new home can have on art. On display to Oct. 8.

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