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The upside down world of Chagall

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MarcChagallA body does not have to be straight with his feet on the ground, an animal doesn't need to be identified: these seem to be the guidelines of the exhibition - tribute The upside down world of Chagall, at the Museum of Ara Pacis (Rome) until March 27th. About 140 works, including paintings and drawings from public and private collections (from the Centre Georges Pompidou or from the Chagall Museum in Nice) tell the upside down world interpreted by the jew painter, twenty-five years after his death.

The visitor will be in front of a man with his head thrown, in front of bodies with different shapes, animals of every color and shape, in front of bride and groom, musicians and handcarts that can occupy any space on the painting, challenging even the law of gravity.
Paintings in which the colors, from bright red to blue, which often blends into the black, are the prominent feature. And here is green cows, horses, red clocks larger than the houses. Objects and people moved in unusual places for them. Pictures that are to be interpreted by the viewer who finds himself moved to a world "upside down".
A theme, that of the inverted world, not chosen at random from the editor of the exhibition, Maurice Fréchuret, who had noticed how those heads downwards were a recurring image in the activity of Marc Chagall. In wondering why the artist was so faithful to this image, the editors found three solution that the exhibition aims to explain: these are relate to religion, politics and popular culture in Russia. The artist, of Jewish religion, is influenced by the Torah, "which began with a great reversal". And he will work hardly especially during his stay in Russia, which coincides with another great reversal: the outbreak of the October Revolution.
In the exhibition is also exposed the triptych of the Revolution, then divided into "Resistance, Resurrection, Liberation." Three paintings that tell the transition from sorrow to joy. It starts with the war, with the red blood that dominates the canvas, with men and women fleeing from death. This painting worries the viewer and it evolves in the Resurrection, in which the red blood of the first painting occupies only a small part of the picture and slowly starts to experience the rebirth that will characterize the third painting, the Liberation. Here the blood is gone, there is only light and serenity. The journey from pain to joy is complete, with the love that is victorious and is represented by the embrace of the couple.
The exhibition offers the double opportunity for visitors to admire not only the works of Chagall, but also the Ara Pacis.
The space of the display, as suggestive, however, is very limited and visitors, especially on holidays, will often have to wait in line to be able to admire the works of the painter. A little sacrifice that will not be rewarded either by extensive descriptions of the paintings on display.
Chagall's works, however, are worth the sacrifice of the line mainly because some of them come from private collections and would otherwise be impossible to enjoy.

Ara Pacis Museum, Lungotevere in Augusta 18, Rome
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. (the ticket office closes one hour earlier)
Tickets: Full € 11, reduced € 9

Marianna Lepore

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 February 2011 16:15  
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