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EXHIBITION OF CHAGALL SKETCHES (article first published : 2003-01-22)

The South African Jewish Museum has secured a major international exhibition by Marc Chagall, one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.

Marc Chagall: Hadassah - From Sketch to Stained Glass Windows opened in Paris last year and has since moved to Amsterdam. The exhibition will leave Europe for the first time, to be presented at the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town. Marc Chagall's granddaughter, Meret Meyer Graber, will officially open the exhibition which runs from March 4 until August 1.

Hadassah From Sketch to Stained Glass Windows comprises a progression of 62 preparatory sketches for Chagall's stained glass windows in the Hadassah Synagogue in Jerusalem. A photographic exhibition of Chagall at work accompanies the main exhibition, which also includes a recreated model of the windows themselves and replicas of the four trial windows created by the artist. A biographical display and a new video on the artist complete the South African exhibition.

The Hadassah windows took Marc Chagall two full years of work, from the first sketches to the installation of the definitive works. Now some 40 years later, the exhibition will reveal the artist's prodigious creative process from within to South African audiences.

South African Jewish Museum director Shea Albert says "We are privileged to present this remarkable tribute to an exceptional genius. This unique exhibition will be of great interest to adults and children alike, to teachers and learners, to students of biblical studies, history and art. But more than that, it is a singular opportunity to appreciate first hand, Chagall's genius as an artist and master-glazier."

Special tours will be available by arrangement. The SA Jewish Museum is open Sunday to Thursday from 10h00 to 17h00 and on Fridays from 10h00 to 14h00. Open public holidays but closed on Jewish holidays. For organized tours contact Paola Cardoso on 021 465 1546 or e- mail: paola@sajewish museum.co.za

NB: Pieter Scholtz uses images by Chagall as a backdrop for his one-man show “Tevye and his Daughters” scheduled to run at Kwasuka Theatre in February.




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