Saturday, March 1, 2014

Chagall in Shizuoka - 静岡のシャガール展


Previous Chagall exhibition that I went was at Museum of Tokyo Institute of Arts focusing on his stage design works for Magic Flute at Metropolitan Opera House. It was already over 3 years ago, but I can’t believe it was such a long time ago because I was so excited with the exhibition. Now that the new exhibition appears to feature the works in Opera Garnier as well as Met’s, I can’t absolutely pass it. The exhibition actually went to Hiroshima last year, too far for me, but it came luckily to Shizuoka this year.
So I took local trains from Kamakura that took more than 3 hours, and I found the area has been completely changed in so many years since I visited last. The museum is in the building across the street in front of the station.


The main theme for this exhibition was Chagall’s efforts decorating large public spaces such as concert halls,  stained glasses in church and tapestries beyond painting canvases. This wider coverage on the other hand seemed limiting the focus on each element in displays. One example would be the famous “Daphnis et Chloé” by Longos. There were costumes in display related to the performance in l’Opéra Garnier, but the core lithograph oeuvre only covered a few. The tour of this exhibition started in Hokkaido where the museum possesses the complete work, and I wonder if they displayed the whole oeuvre there? I was most interested in 3 different sketches of Opera Garnier’s ceiling in which I could see the name of composers. Most of them were French naturally while “Magic Flute” and “Swan Lake” titles were spelled out in French that might indicate Chagall’s indulgence to them. “Boris Godunov” was another title shown.

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