Marc Chagall: The Triumph of Music at the Philharmonie de Paris

From October 13, 2015 to January 31, 2016
  • Philharmonie - Outside

    © Montagu-Pollack

    Philharmonie - Outside

    © Montagu-Pollack

Marc Chagall: The Triumph of Music at the Philharmonie de Paris 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris fr

From his beginnings in his hometown of Vitebsk, Belarus, to his arrival in Saint-Paul de Vence, France, the life of Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is filled with fundamental experiences, where music plays a key role at every stage.

Omnipresent in his work, closely linked to his personal life and to the cultural context of his Jewish hometown, music was a constant source of inspiration for Marc Chagall, transferring it into scenic creations bringing displays and costume to life for various shows throughout the 1900s.

This was followed by several large monumental projects in the 60s, such as the ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964) and the decorative and architectural programme at the Lincoln Centre in New York (1966). This is a perfect example of the artist’s view on art.

All of this led Chagall to creating visual representation of music from the sound of its rhythm, expressed through a large variety of art forms: canvas paintings and works on paper, sculptures and ceramics, collages, stage costumes and even theatre backdrops.

Discover the modernity that this exhibition boasts with a collection of over 250 works, from the National Museum of Modern Art (Paris), the MOMA (New York), the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and the Chagall family.

With its reversed chronology, the exhibition strongly underlines the vital character of music in the artist’s work, and invites you to experience an artistic and sensory journey, combining works, documents, and audio/audiovisuals.


Philharmonie de Paris
Espace d’exposition Philharmonie 1
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris

The exhibition Marc Chagall: The Sources of Music will be held at La Piscine: André Diligent Museum of Art and Industry 23 Rue de l'Espérance in Roubaix from the 24th October 2015 to the 31st January 2016.

Admission fees and rates

Ticket price: 10€ (includes access to the permanant collections)

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