2013 marks 40 years since the opening of the Musée National Marc Chagall in Nice and as you might expect, the museum is putting on a number of events to commemorate this very special anniversary. At the time of its inauguration, the museum was the first of its kind to be dedicated to the work of a living artist and indeed Marc Chagall himself was responsible for the positioning of his works when the museum first opened its doors.
Perhaps best known for its series of 17 paintings illustrating the biblical message, the museum’s impressive permanent collection contains sculptures, stained-glass windows, mosaics, tapestries, gouaches, prints and lithographs, making it one of the largest ensembles of his work worldwide. As part of the celebratory programme, the summer months see the bringing together of a special body of works produced between 1907 and 1985, dedicated to one of the artist’s favourite themes: the self-portrait.
Enabling the visitor to understand how Chagall used the self-portrait to set himself apart as a religious artist, the exhibition reflects not only Chagall’s stylistic output and his role as artist but also his exploration of personal identity, be it contemplative self-portraits, posed double portraits with his wife or imagined self-depictions in animal, angelic or hybrid form.
The museum is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 10am to 6pm and the exhibition runs until 7th October. Entrance is €9,50 (€7,50 concessions).