The Mediterranean Chagall
26.06 - 18.09 1994
Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros
The Mediterranean Chagall
The thematic exhibition The Mediterranean Chagall was presented in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros, which, through the works of the artist (oil paintings, water-colours, gouaches, pastels, drawings, prints as well as some maquettes of well-known stained glass pieces and mosaics) had as its objective an examination of his relationship with the Mediterranean.
The works were kindly sent from the M.N.A.M. - Centre George Pompidou, the collection of the artist's daughter, Ida Chagall, as well as other private collections.
The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated bilingual catalogue (Greek, French), with essays and excerpts from the artist's writings and lectures, along with some of his poems.
with essays and excerpts from the artist's writings and lectures, along with some of his poems.
Suddenly this summer, the spirit of a poet painter, lyrical and erotic, flows with the Meltemi wind over Andros. This year's exhibition at the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation is devoted to 'The Mediterranean Chagall'. It has been impeccably organised, complemented with ample photographs and a lavish catalogue. It makes Athens envious of this artistic event which occurs outside the 'city walls'. Many talk of decentralisation. Even more promise it. The question is how to put it into effect. […]
What does the Chagall exhibition offer us, as it is shown through his particular works at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Andros?
Not, of course, an in-depth knowledge of the work of the artist, but certainly an acquaintance with the broad subject of book illustration, something which assuredly contains the keys to the interpretation of his work as a whole. […] It is of consequence the moment it touches upon a particular activity in the artistic life of Marc Chagall and explains why the natural way that Chagall works with form and colour resembles that of the naive artists, without, nevertheless, the artist being naive himself. […] In concluding this article […] mention must be made of the liveliness of this attractive museum in periods outside those of the opening of an exhibition. Personally, and perhaps even more than the exhibition itself, I was glad for the visitors last week in Andros, the young people filling the galleries, buying posters, and examining the postcards and catalogue. I do not know whether the Museum of Contemporary Art established or created a museum-going public on the island itself, but it has become an integral part of Andros over these years, and this is clearly evident from the kinds of people it brings together in its galleries.