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Waiting for a Miracle. An Homage to Marc Chagall, A Journey

.28.05.24 -
06.09.24
Exhibition

From May 28 to September 6, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center will host a family-friendly exhibition based on Marc Chagall’s autobiographical novel My Life and titled Waiting for a Miracle. An Homage to Marc Chagall.

Age: 0+


300 ₽ - Children
400 ₽ - Adults
Growing up in Vitebsk forever remained a source of inspiration for Chagall. He frequently revisited scenes from his book My Life in his paintings, depicting the everyday life of his native shtetl with tenderness and suffusing it with enchantment. The exhibition reconstructs the key events of Chagall's early years, from his parents’ home outside Vitebsk to his studio in Paris. On their journey through the seven sections of the exhibition, visitors will get to know about and see the artist’s favorite characters and subjects.

The opening rooms have to do with Chagall’s home just outside Vitebsk, his parents, and the city of his childhood and adolescence. Starting in a room with a cradle, the route then leads to a fish shop, similar to the one where the artist’s father worked, before ending up on the streets of Vitebsk. Visitors are invited to make flying animals and birds, the likes of which are seen in so many of Chagall’s paintings and drawings, and take part in an interactive shadow puppet show.

The next section of the exhibition deals with the artist's first trip to Paris. On display here are Chagall’s studio at the iconic La Ruche in Montparnasse and a traveling circus frequented by Paris-based modernist artists. Here, visitors are welcome to put on circus costumes, try their hand at juggling, and draw on giant circus-themed coloring pages.

The exhibition features paintings and drawings by Marc Chagall, Nathan Altman, and Grigory Inger. The three artists were all raised in various shtetls, with their childhood memories later reflected in their creative experimentation as modernist painters.

Visitors of all ages are invited to join guided tours of the exhibition, held every two hours; our guides will help you immerse yourselves in Chagall’s poetic style and the enchanting world of his childhood in Vitebsk, and find out more about his life and oeuvre. For those of you who would rather explore the exhibition on your own, we have put together a guidebook.

Curated by: Ira Dvoretskaya and Maria Gadas
The exhibition is open from: May 28 – September 6, 2024

Age requirement: 0+

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