Free exhibition featuring the work of artist Marc Chagall on display in Mérida

Lithography by Marc Chagall titled “Bella,” belonging to the “Estados del Alma Collection.” Photo: Courtesy

Mérida’s Centro Cultural Olimpo has unveiled an exhibit featuring more than 70 works by the early modernist artist Marc Chagall.

Entrance to “Los Estados del Alma,” or “The States of the Soul” will be free and open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibit is expected to remain on view at the Olimpo until early May.

All attendees are to follow social distancing protocols and wear facemasks at all times within the gallery. 

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Born in 1887, Marc Chagall was a Russian-born French artist known as an early modernist associated with a wide range of styles and range of formats. 

Noted art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.” To this, Chagall reapplied that he saw his work as “not the dream of one people but of all humanity.”

Not long after Chagall began his work on the Bible, Adolf Hitler gained power in Germany. Escaping Nazi-occupied France, Chagall left for the United States only to realize that he had won several awards and had achieved international stature.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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