Van Gogh – Chagall

A big event in Milan, Palazzo Reale is staging the largest retrospective ever devoted to Chagall in Italy (1908 – 1985), a new interpretation of Chagall’s language whose poetic sensibility could change the reality into a fairy tale. Claudia Zevi the curator said: “a rigorous chronological order to recreate the coherence of this master painter”. From the origin of Vitebsk (Bielorussia) where he was born in 1877. Flowers and animals are a constant presence in his paintings, enabling him to overcome the Jewish interdiction of human depiction. His art has always been a way to remember his country, violinists, small houses, cocks and lovers into the sky. While Picasso used women, Marc Chagall celebrated devotion.

Van Gogh exhibition shows a new aspect of the works of this great painter and focuses on the different phases of rural life, marked by the plowing, sowing and harvesting, which are all symbols of the human effort to dominate the cycles of nature. The result is a complex dialogue between the human being and the nature that surrounds him.

For the first time in Milan some of Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces are on display, including Self Portrait (1887), Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889), Seascape at Saintes-Maries (1888), Head of a Fisherman (1883) and the Stubble Burner (1883).

Kengo Kuma, born in 1954, the japanese archistar has been the curator of this exhibition.

We have organized a visit to this exhibition last 13th of November, followed by a dinner at the famous restaurant “da Giacomo all’Arengario”, on top of the “Museo del Novecento” from where we could enjoyed a spectacular view of the roof of the Duomo. This has allowed us to combine the cultural and artistic event between the symbolism of Chagall and the bucolic of Van Gogh, with a friendly meeting associated to a first quality food.