The art museum Lindau presents colourful paintings by Marc Chagall from 1 May to 31 October 2021. The exhibition is curated by Chagall expert Prof. Dr. Roland Doschka.

Cover Photo: Marc Chagall, Der Lustgarten, Blatt 34 des Künstlerbuchs „Daphnis & Chloe“, 1956-1961, Horst und Gabriele Siedle-Kunststiftung, Photo: Bernhard Strauss, Freiburg
Marc Chagall © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Bright colours and a distinctive visual language

With his unmistakable pictorial language and the beauty of his colours, the painter-poet Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) left his mark on 20th century art as one of the very great masters of modernism. Seemingly freed from space and time, his dreamy and colourful compositions unfold a magic that hardly anyone can escape. Chagall lets his pictorial motifs, created from sweeping lines and graceful forms, float through luminous colour spaces and thus conveys the impression of tenderness, lightness and hopeful, winged poetry.

The pictures assembled in the Lindau show depict the lush vegetation of southern countries and flowers in all colours. The works illustrate Chagall’s deeply felt longing for a life in close harmony with nature.

Photo: Marc Chagall, Nelkenstrauß mit Liebespaar in Grün, 1950, Gouache, Pastell, Oil and brush and ink on paper, Private disposal
Marc Chagall © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

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Longing for Paradise

In his long and eventful life, Chagall drew many of the most formative elements of his art from memories of his distant Russian homeland and from life in the landscape of southern France. The Mediterranean world of the Côte d’ Azur in particular has fascinated Chagall since his return from exile in the United States in 1948. The deep blue of the Mediterranean and the night sky determine the artist’s colour palette just as much as the radiant light of the south. The artist processes the grief for his great love Bella, who died at an early age, in visionary paintings that tell of his perpetual search for the lost paradise. The Lindau exhibition transports the visitor into Chagall’s unique pictorial world full of dreamy and amorous beings, lushly blossoming gardens and colourful flower arrangements.

Photo: Marc Chagall, 1955, Foto: Philippe Halsman © Halsman Archive

Picture stories - The art of narration

Throughout the ages, people have told each other stories for edification, for example about love and its adventures. Many of Chagall’s richly detailed compositions also read like picture stories, and so he particularly inspires as a myth teller with unbelievable creative power.

The Lindau show therefore focuses on Chagall’s illustrations of the ancient love story “Daphnis and Chloe” by the Greek author Longos. In this famous lithographic cycle of 42 sheets, Chagall celebrates a veritable feast of colour and fantasy. He transports reader and viewer into the fairy-tale setting of an Arcadian nature in which the love of two shepherd children awakens. Chagall, who travelled to Greece especially to trace the tale set on Lesbos in the southern light and paradisiacal island landscape of the Aegean, thus created one of the most important graphic cycles of the 20th century. With the extraordinary artistic and technical quality of the lithographs, he revolutionised the high art of lithography.

Photo: Marc Chagall, Sommerliche Mittagspause, Blatt 11 des Künstlerbuchs „Daphnis & Chloe“, Mourlot 318, 1956-1961, Horst und Gabriele Siedle-Kunststiftung, Foto: Bernhard Strauss, Freiburg, Marc Chagall © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Information about the exhibition

The exhibition is open daily in August from 09:30 am to 06:15 pm. From September to 31 October, the museum opens daily from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm.

Admission price

  • 9,50 € Adults
  • 5,00 € Reduced*
  • 3,50 € per child (7 – 17 years)
  • 3,00 € per pupil for school classes
  • Children up to 6 years free

* Recipients of social welfare and unemployment benefits I + II, recipients of basic income support, housing benefit or benefits according to the AsylbLG, people with disabilities from 50%, schoolchildren from 18 years of age, students, trainees, graduates of a voluntary social year, people doing federal voluntary service are considered as reduced. Severely disabled persons with a ‘B’ or ‘H’ in their ID card receive a free ticket for the accompanying person.

Reservation service

To avoid long waiting times, the Kunstmuseum offers a special service. A reservation system, which you can find here, allows you to book your personal time slot for a visit to the museum conveniently and free of charge from home. The time slots are each reserved for 45 minutes – with or without an audio guide. If you have booked a time slot, you should come to the museum about ten minutes before the start of your booked time and report to the staff at the entrance.

You are also welcome to make your reservation by telephone on +49 8382 274747850.

Please note: The reservation is binding. If you are unable to make your booked reservation, please cancel it using the attached link in the confirmation email. Payment for the ticket will be made at the box office on the day of the visit.

Would you like to visit the art exhibition with a group? You are welcome to register your group visit via our registration form. A ticket price of € 8.50 per person will be charged for groups of 10 or more.


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