Chagall at the Jewish Museum

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The Jewish Museum is one of the best museums in the city.  If people are coming to NYC, I always recommend going there.  The curators there consistently put on wonderful exhibits like no other museum in the city.  As I have been there many times, it is always intriguing to see how they have built the exhibit out and used the space.  Obviously everything is tied into Jewish artists but there is always an interesting historical story to tell which is what makes art even more interesting.

The exhibit I went to see is called Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949.  If you are a theater buff, it is definitely worth going.  The exhibit is devoted to theater productions put on in the Soviet Union by artists such as Chagall, Nathan Altman and Robert Falk.  I didnt even know of Altman and Falk until today.  The artists help conceive the plays with their paintings, set designs, posters and photographs. 

The murals are the best part of the show.  Huge Chagall murals that he painted of the characters in a play.  They are beautiful and detailed.  I have always been a Chagall fan.  He was such a prolific artist and so different than many artists of that generation. 

This exhibit is a small window into the world that exisisted in theater after the Bolshevik revolution and the rise of Stalin coming into power.  Incredible how much was saved.  Worth checking out. 

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