Exhibit: Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949

Excerpt from Art Knowledge News

During the artistic ferment following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, major artists (such as Marc Chagall) joined actors, choreographers, writers, and musicians in creating a daring new theater. This collaboration gave rise to extraordinary productions with highly original stage designs that redefined the concept of theater itself, attracting large, diverse audiences and garnering international critical praise.

In Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949 – on view through September 8, 2009 – the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California tells the little-known and tumultuous story of this vanguard artistic flowering, which thrived on the stage for thirty years before being brutally extinguished during the Stalinist era.

Introduction to the Jewish Theater, 1920, tempera, gouache, and opaque white on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

More than 200 works of art and ephemera, the majority never before exhibited, have been drawn from collections in Russia, France, Israel, and the United States for the showing. Marc Chagall’s celebrated theater murals – Introduction to the Jewish Theater (shown above), Dance, Drama, Literature, Music, The Wedding Feast, and Love on the Stage— are featured, in addition to more than 100 watercolor, gouache and crayon drawings of costume and set designs, executed in the avant-garde styles of Cubism, Futurism, and Constructivism…Read the Full Article >>

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