Press Release

Chagall: The Breakthrough Years, 1911–1919

  • Dates: June 1–September 2, 2018
  • Curator: Lucía Agirre, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Exhibition organized by the Kunstmuseum Basel in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Sponsored by: Fundación BBVA

During his first stay in Paris, Chagall experimented with colors, abstract and geometric forms, movement, and his own fantasies.

Transcending labels such as Cubist, Expressionist, or Surrealist, Chagall’s work is an amalgam of styles used in a personal way to tell his own story.

He combined reminiscences of Russian folk art and his family culture with the latest stylistic experiments that the Parisian avant-garde had to offer.

“Art seems to me to be above all a state of soul.” Marc Chagall

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is pleased to present Chagall: The Breakthrough Years, 1911–1919, featuring more than 80 paintings and drawings from the early career of a unique artist, whose seemingly simple universe conceals a complex reality where opposing worlds intertwine. Esta exposición, organizada por Kunstmuseum Basel en colaboración con el Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, está patrocinada por la Fundación BBVA.

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