Music played a major role in Marc Chagall’s art: it not only served him as inspiration, but was an important point of reference in his works. Chagall always felt a deep connection between music and the visual arts. All the less surprising, therefore, are the many commissions and collaborations in this field, two of which are presented in the exhibition: on the one hand, preparatory drawings for the costumes and stage curtains of the ballet "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky in New York (1945) and, on the other, designs and models for the ceiling painting of the Opéra Garnier in Paris, which was presented to the public in 1964. The works shown in the exhibition are completed by collages, ceramics and sculptures from the 1950s to the early 1970s.
The Centre Pompidou has one of the most important Chagall collections, especially from the pre-war periods, which was supplemented last year by a donation from Bella and Meret Meyer of 127 drawings, five ceramics and seven sculptures from the three mentioned thematic blocks. These works from the late years are on display in the exhibition "Chagall at Work – Drawings, Ceramics and Sculptures 1945-1970".
The exhibition runs through October 4, 2023 to 26 February 26, 2024