Do not delay: you still have a few days to discover the exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich … at Centre Pompidou. This exhibition dedicated to the popular art school (1918-1922) of Vitebsk, birthplace of Marc Chagall, will remain visible in Paris until July 16, before leaving for the Jewish Museum in New York.
From the Moscow Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian State Museum of Saint Petersburg, the museums of Vitebsk and Minsk, as well as important American and European collections, the 250 works and documents gathered since March 28 at the Pompidou Center highlight a page in the history of art: that of the Vitebsk School, which was a real artistic and revolutionary laboratory.
Let’s set the scene. We are in 1918, in the midst of the Russian revolution, Marc Chagall has just been appointed “curator of the fine arts” of the city of Vitebsk. Carried by the ambient effervescence, the artist knows a creative frenzy that pushes him to found his own school of revolutionary art. This school, in every respect conforms to the Bolshevik values, is open to all, without age restriction and free. Among the professors are the great names of the Russian avant-garde, such as El Lissitzky and Malevich.
If Chagall leaves school and Vitebsk as early as 1920, Malevich will remain in command until the summer of 1922.
The Pompidou Center’s itinerary is organized into seven major sections, each devoted to a theme, such as “Post-Revolutionary Fervor in Vitebsk” or “Collective Utopia”. If the works of Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich are in the spotlight, you will also discover works by pupils and teachers of the Vitebsk School.
Find all the information on the Centre Pompidou website: www.centrepompidou.fr