Jewish Museum looks back – at those who looked ahead

The Jewish Museum has opened a new exhibition, “Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922.”

The museum is a destination that consistently offers exhibitions and events that are thought-provoking – and often moving, as when we most recently attended the autumn presentation by author and street-fashion star Tziporah Salamon. She shared her life story as a captivating “sartorial journey,” offered in conjunction with the “Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress” exhibition.

Last year also found us covering the incredible Modigliani show,  which we featured in our November issue, as well as the design showcase devoted to Pierre Chareau and the tribute to modernist painter Florine Stettheimer.

Now, the museum offers a step into what it calls in advance materials, “a little-known chapter in the history of modernity and the Russian avant-garde.”

Here’s how it was further advanced:

“‘Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922’ will focus on the People’s Art School (1918-1922), founded by Marc Chagall in his native city of Vitebsk (in present-day Belarus). Through some 120 works and documents loaned by museums in Vitebsk and Minsk and major American and European collections, the exhibition will present the artistic output of three iconic figures – Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich – as well as works by students and teachers of the Vitebsk school, such as Lazar Khidekel, Nikolai Suetin, Il’ia Chashnik, David Yakerson, Vera Ermolaeva, and Yehuda (Yury) Pen, among others.”

The exhibition has been organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with the Jewish Museum.

It continues through Jan. 6 at the museum, at 1109 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan – and we’re looking forward to catching it soon.

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– Mary Shustack

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