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Marc Chagall, European Avant-Garde Artists’ Exhibit Starts In Vitebsk

Marc Chagall and Artists of the European Avant-Garde Movement exposition has opened in the Marc Chagall Art Center in Vitebsk, BelTA reports.

One of the most significant artists of the 20th century of Belarusian origin!

The exposition showcases over 100 coloured and white-and-black lithographs and woodblock prints.

On the first floor of the exibition one may get aquainted with Marc Chagall’s lithographs or plunge into the world of the European avant-garde movement on the second.

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Among big-name artists are Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger, Alberto Giacometti and others.

Note that all the works are originals and are part of the collection of the museum.

“We have not exhibited them for three years. During that time they were shown in several European museums.

They were displayed last in Wroclaw, Poland as part of the EU’s initiative “European Capital of Culture 2016”.

Our museum represented Belarus with this very same exhibition,” director of the museum Irina Voronova said.

The exibition became a reality thanks to the German collector Henrich Mandel.

He made his first donation to the museum in 1993.

Since then Mr Mandel has donated more than 300 paintings by avant-garde artists of the 20th century.

But for his generosity the Belarusians won’t be able to see both early and later works of the artist

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Since then the donation of works by Marc Chagall and avant-garde artists of the 20th century has become an annual tradition.

Thanks to Henrich Mandel the Belarusians can admire both early and later works of the fellow countryman.

Besides the paitings, the exhibition also features  photographs, biographical materials, the small-circulation magazines and more.

The exhibition is open in Vitebsk till 6 July.