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First solo exhibition of Chagall's grand niece goes on show in Tel Aviv

Society 22.06.2018 | 17:11
Paitnings by Irina Markova-Chagall. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Israel
Paitnings by Irina Markova-Chagall. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Israel

MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) - The first personal exhibition of Irina Markova-Chagall, the grand niece of outstanding artist Marc Chagall, has opened in Tel Aviv, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Israel.

The vernissage marks three dates: the 70th anniversary of the Independence of Israel, Independence Day of Belarus and Day of Russia.

In his speech at the opening ceremony Belarus' Ambassador to Israel Vladimir Skvortsov said that the exposition is deeply symbolic. “This exhibition emphasizes the idea of historical and cultural unity of the three peoples and their rich joint artistic heritage,” the diplomat said.

Vladimir Skvortsov wished the artist creative successes and expressed the hope that the works of Irina Markova-Chagall, who lives in Eilat, could one day be showcased on the native land of her prominent relative.

Speaking to the audience, Irina Markova-Chagall said that the goal of the exhibition was her intention to demonstrate the strength of art and its role in strengthening the friendship of the peoples of Israel, Belarus and Russia. Another goal was to show that people, who strive to be worthy of their ancestors and their heritage, should do this not only because of shared bloodline and family bonds, but, first of all, in order to succeed as a person.

The artist thanked those present for the support that gives her creative energy and inspiration. She added that she will continue promoting intercultural communications and the preservation of the common heritage.

The exhibition of Irina Markova-Chagall's 36 works is on display at the Russian Cultural Center. The works demonstrate a spiritual kinship with Marc Chagall, whose painting is world renowned for its special style and perception of the world.

Irina Markova-Chagall, a former physicist and engineer-economist, painted her first work three years ago, at the age of 58. Her painting quickly became known in Israel for a combination of carefully produced details and symbolic forms.

Attending the opening of the exhibition were representatives of the political and economic sectors, the diplomatic corps, media and the Russian-speaking artistic community of Israel.

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