Ara Pacis Pays Tribute to Marc Chagall on the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of His Death


ROME.- On display are about 130 paintings and drawings, some of them previously unseen, coming from private collections, from the Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou and the Musée National Marc Chagall in Nice. The exhibition inside the Ara Pacis complex pays tribute to Marc Chagall on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. Observe the painter’s works, and you are soon aware of what is so very singular about the world he depicts. Strange characters from another age inhabit improbable spaces; animals are transfigured; a huddle of architecture forms the backdrop to scenes that are both ordinary yet magical. Again and again we are invited to contemplate a world where upheaval could equal catastrophe – or tragic muddle – or indeed enchantment and delight. That is why we are so readily drawn into Chagall’s canvases, each one of which reveals