Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings
23 October 2009-24 January 2010
The works of outstanding 20th-century artist Marc Chagall were exhibited in Turkey for the very first time at Pera Museum.
The 160 works by Chagall (b. 1887, Vitebsk, Russia - d. 1985, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France) were comprised of prints, drawings and paintings selected from the rich collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
The exhibition showcased a unique selection that revealed Chagall's multi-faceted personality and vivid world of imagination. Apart from drawings that reflect the artist's life and his love for his first wife Bella, his illustrations for the Holy Book and for literary works such as The Fables of La Fontaine, and Gogol's Dead Souls were brought together in the exhibition. Representing his signature style, themes such as Russian folklore, Jewish traditions and lovers stand out in Chagall's works.
A conference was held on 5 December 2009 in conjunction with the exhibition as a joint collaboration between Pera Museum and the French Cultural Center, Vice President of the Marc Chagall Committee and granddaughter of Marc Chagall Meret Meyer spoke on the art and life of the artist.