Marc Chagall (1887-1985)’s backdrops for the ballet Aleko are housed in the Aomori Museum of Art’s large 20 meter tall Aleko Hall, and are the centerpieces of the Museum’s collection. This exhibit explores Chagall, widely celebrated as one of the master painters of the 20th century, from a new angle.

Chagall is widely known as a painter but in the latter half of his life he also engaged himself in the creation of a multitude of ceramic and sculptural works. This exhibit explores Chagall’s interest in the three-dimensional starting with a number of his master paintings spanning the time from his early to later years. His ceramics, stone sculptures, bronze statues, etc. will be exhibited on a heretofore unseen scale in order to shed some light on Chagall as sculptor.

Thanks to the cooperation of the Chagall Family, the Musée National Marc Chagall in France, and others, we will be able to display over 170 masterpieces from Japan and throughout the world. We invite you to enter into the unknowable “depth” of Chagall’s fantasia.

★The Aomori Museum of Art cooperated in the planning of the “Marc Chagall, Sculptures” exhibition (May 27 – August 28, 2017) at the Musée National Marc Chagall.

  • Marc Chagall working on the bronze 《Rooster》
    in the atelier of the Fonderie Susse
    © IZIS Bidermanas ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018, Chagall ®E2963

Exhibition Dates: March 10 (Saturday) – May 6 (Sunday), 2018
Closed: March 26 (Monday) and April 9 (Monday)
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last admission 4:30 p.m.)

Admission Fees

Adult: 1,500 yen (1,300 yen)
Senior High School and University Students: 1,000 yen (800 yen)
Elementary and Junior High School Students: Free
*Amounts in parentheses are for advance tickets or per individual for groups of 20 or more.
*Those with mental or physical disabilities and one accompanying guest are admitted free of charge.
*Discount available upon presentation of an Aoimori Railway discount ticket.

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Where to Buy Advance Tickets

Lawson Ticket (L Code 22107), 7 Ticket, Pomit Ticket, and other ticketing agents in Aomori. *Sold until March 9.
Aomori City: Sunroad Aomori, Narita Honten Shinmachi Store, Sakurano Department Store, Nakasan, 11 Co-op stores, Prefectural Office Co-op (North Building 1st Floor, East Building 1st Floor), Hamanasu Hall (Aomori Municipal Labor Mutual Aid Society), Aomori Tourist Information Center ASPAM 1st Floor Information Counter, Linkstation Hall Aomori, Aomori Museum of Art Museum Shop, Aomori Museum of Art 1st Floor Information Counter
Hirosaki City: Sakurano Department Store, Books Kinokuniya, Hirosaki University Co-op, Nakasan, Hiroro
Goshogawara City: Elm-no-Machi Shopping Center
Hachinohe City: Sakurano Department Store, Nakago Miharuya, Lapia, Hachinohe Portal Museum “hacchi”

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Exhibition Structure

Thanks to the Chagall Family, the Musée National Marc Chagall in France, and others, 172 artworks from domestic and overseas locations have been gathered together. These pieces will be displayed in five sections that seek to probe the painter’s sense of space and the relationship between painting and three-dimensionality.

38 Oil paintings; 70 Sculptures, ceramics, etc. [36 of which are being exhibited in Japan for the first time]; 64 Watercolors, sketches, prints, etc.

  •  From Painting to Sculpture: On Anniversary
  •  A Sense of Space: The Influence of the Avant-Garde
  • Pierced Forms: Explorations in Ceramics
  •  Between Two and Three Dimensions
  •  Toward the Three Dimensions

  • 《Anniversary》1923
    Oil on
    AOKI Holdings, Inc
    ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018, Chagall ®E2963

  • 《Two Heads with Hand》1964
    ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018, Chagall ®E2963

  • 《The Bastille》 1953
    ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018, Chagall ®E2963

  • 《The Blue Donkey》1954
    Colored ceramic
    ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2018, Chagall ®E2963

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Memorial Lecture “Encountering Chagall and a Three-Dimensional World: Perspectives on His Works for the Stage”

Art Historian Bella Meyer is the granddaughter of Marc Chagall and has spent many years participating in research into her grandfather’s artworks. She will speak about three-dimensional space in Chagall focusing on his theatrical works.
Lecturer: Bella Meyer (Art Historian, proprietor of Fleurs Bella)
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018
Location: Aomori Museum of Art Theater
Fee: Free *Must present a museum ticket or ticket stub valid for the day of the lecture.

All Four Backdrops for the ballet Aleko are temporarily on display!

From backdrops to dancers’ costumes, the performing arts, which are displayed in real space on the stage, can be called three-dimensional artworks. Chagall painted four backdrops for the ballet Aleko, of which The Aomori Museum of Art owns those for scenes 1, 2, and 4. The remaining backdrop, that for scene 3, is currently being displayed on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (until March 2021). With all four of the Aleko backdrops gathered together, this is a perfect chance to fully immerse yourself in the three-dimensional world of Chagall.
Complete exhibit of all four of Chagall’s Aleko backdrops.

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