Opera Gallery Hong Kong will present 35 original paintings on canvas and over 40 limited edition work of Marc Chagall in a special exhibition starting from 21 May through to 10 June. The exhibition is an associated project of Le French May and will open during Art Basel week, celebrating great art in the exciting and ever growing art scene of Hong Kong.
Marc Chagall, the Russian born French based artist is one of the most prolific and successful artists of the 20th century. He is considered to be a pioneer of modernism and a critical member of the Avant-garde, Chagall’s breadth of work spans virtually every artistic medium including paints, prints, stained glass, tapestries, illustrations, ceramics and stage sets.
The exhibition, titled ‘A vision in my dream’, will feature the artist’s most prominent works in total in the territory. “It is considered the first major Chagall exhibition to take place in Hong Kong since the Hong Kong University Museum and Arts Gallery Chagall show (also associated with Le French May festival) in 1994. The whole of the Marc Chagall collection will be on display for the first time in Hong Kong,” said Shirley Yablonsky, Director of Opera Gallery Hong Kong.
“I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment” stated Chagall and indeed he has left the world a considerable number of masterpieces and over 50 international commissions. Projects such as stained glass for the Cathedral of Metz and Reims, a mural painting at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York and the decoration of the Opera Garnier ceiling in Paris are just a few.
Drawing his inspiration from reality, dreams and culture, Chagall flirted with Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism yet was a follower of no single movement. Separated by the unconventional world with his distinctive iconography, his hybrids and fantasy animals, his acrobats, musicians and lovers, sometimes lit by the moon, sometimes by the sun, turned him with no doubt into a timeless legend. Not even Picasso could understand Chagall’s mystical style “I don’t know where he gets those images... he must have an angel sitting in his head...”Please login or register to see the full article