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Chagall in Mantua in September

An exhibition dedicated to Marc Chagall, the painter who possibly shares the honours with Picasso and Robert Delaunay for inspiring the greatest number of 20th-century poets, writers and art critics, opens in Mantua on 5th September in conjunction with the Festivaletteratura.

The exhibition features 130 pieces in total, including the complete cycle of seven canvases painted by Chagall in 1920 for the auditorium of the Jewish Theatre in Moscow; superb pieces of art that represent the most revolutionary and least nostalgic moment of his artistic career.

"Marc Chagall come nella Pittura, così nella Poesia" (Marc Chagall: Painting and Poetry) will be hosted in the Palazzo della Ragione, reopening to the public in September after long and complex structural alterations. The exhibition is the first in a three-year programme organised thanks to a partnership between the municipality of Mantua and Electa Publishing.

The catalogue, published by Electa, explores the artistic and cultural influences that Chagall absorbed by living in Vitebsk, Saint Petersburg, Paris and Moscow and includes newly-translated essays and pieces illustrating the attraction the Russian painter exerted on poets, artists and writers in the early 20th century.