Friday, July 26, 2013

Chagal Exhibit at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

Even though we live in a small-ish town, we live fairly close to Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido.  The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo is one of our favorite places to visit in the big city.  Currently, they are hosting a special exhibit of the works of Marc Chagal. Ted and I spent a pleasant afternoon taking in the exhibit.

I thought Chagal (1887-1985) was French, but it turns out I was wrong - he was a Russian artist who spent many years in France. I think the exhibit did a very good job of covering the many things he accomplished over his life time, with great variety – framed pictures and sketches, video, slides, tapestries, ceramic pieces, stained glass, and ballet costumes. Like most museum exhibits, photography was not allowed.

Ted’s favorite part of the exhibit was a multi-screen slide show depicting the paintings of the ceiling of the Paris Opera House, which took a year to complete.  Chagal was 77 years old at the time.  The Aleko ballet part of the exhibit was my favorite.  It consisted of the sketches for the costumes and sets, a video showing parts of the ballet and about ten costumes from the ballet. We feel fortunate to live so close to a museum with so many great exhibits.

The start of the cattails and a few more stitches completed --------


Margaret said...

The kingfisher is beautiful. Small hints of colour really bring this to life don't they.
How lovely to enjoy the exhibition. I remember going to so many exhibitions and concerts while in Japan - New Zealand is too far away for us to get such treasures very often:-(

Queeniepatch said...

The Japanese are great at creating shows of their 'art on loan'. Recently I went to see the 'Lady and the Unicorn' tapestries in Tokyo. They were FANTASTIC, and FANTASTICALLY displayed! Unfortunately the thick tome like catalogue was written in Japanese and French, languages I don't read too well. If I had I would have enjoyed the exhibition even more.
Your blackwork piece is coming along nicely. Do you ever sleep?