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Chagall: World in Turmoil
March 17–June 18, 2023

The exhibition sheds light upon a lesser-known aspect of Marc Chagall’s (1887-1985) practice, namely his works from the 1930s and 1940s, in which the artist’s colourful palette darkens. The life and work of the Jewish painter was deeply influenced by the artistic policy of National Socialism and the Holocaust. During the early 1930s, Chagall’s work increasingly explored the aggressive anti-Semitism prevailing in Europe, and he eventually emigrated to the United States in 1941. His artworks from this period touch upon central and pertinent themes such as identity, homeland and exile.

The exhibition is organised by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in cooperation with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.