Running until 2 September at the Guggenheim Bilbao is Chagall: The Breakthrough Years, 1911–1919. The exhibition features more than 80 paintings and drawings from the early career of this unique artist, whose seemingly simple universe conceals a complex reality where opposing worlds intertwine.
Marc Chagall is one of the most interesting painters of the twentieth century. This exhibition delves into an essential period of his work, during which he gave birth to the style that would come to characterise his whole production. The show reveals the profound motivations that guided his art, the avant-garde movements that influenced him, and the crucial themes he developed throughout his career.
It is an exploration of the origins of Chagall’s wholly personal and distinctive language and an immersion into the lyricism and underlying currents of his bright, colourful scenes; a voyage through his enigmatic and expressive universe, replete with creatures that are the product of his particular mythology, figures from tales and poetry, Jewish traditions and characters, flying lovers, and with images like windows that open onto new horizons.
During his first stay in Paris, Chagall experimented with colours, abstract and geometric forms, movement, as well as his own fantasies. He combined touches of Russian folk art and his family culture with the latest stylistic experiments that the Parisian avant-garde had to offer. Transcending Cubist, Expressionist or Surrealist, Chagall’s work is an amalgam of styles used in a personal way to tell his own story. The exhibition is organised by the Kunstmuseum Basel in collaboration with the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Guggenheim Bilbao, Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 48009 Bilbao. Tel: +34 944 35 9080