‘For me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world. These clowns, bareback riders and acrobats have made themselves at home in my visions. Why? Why am I so touched by their make-up and their grimaces? With them I can move towards new horizons.’ –Marc Chagall
For Marc Chagall, the circus stage was the ideal setting for the dreamlike, extraordinary acts ever-present in his art. In Le Cirque, he summoned the spectacle of the circus experience in all its colorful variety — clowns, acrobats and women riding bareback, stands brimming with onlookers — as a vivid metaphor for the sometimes precarious artist-lifestyle he had decided to lead. With time, the circus came to lie at the very heart of his personal mythology and became symbolic of the human condition.
Le Cirque consists of 23 color and 15 black-and-white lithographs published in 1967 by Tériade Éditions. The whimsical prints will be accompanied by a display that explores Wisconsin’s grand circus history, and celebrates the tradition of Milwaukee’s Great Circus Parade.
Monday – Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday: 10 am - 3 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm
'Thirdsdays': Open until 7 pm on the Third Thursday of each month
Adults – $7.00
Seniors (60+) – $6.00
Students (with ID) – $4.00
Disabled Visitors (with ID*) – $4.00
Museum Members – FREE
Children (6 and under) – FREE
Active Duty Military – FREE
Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque series is on loan from the permanent collection of the Manitowoc-based Rahr-West Art Museum.
Exhibit Sponsors: Brico Fund, Greater Milwaukee Foundation - The Robert L. and Dolores Schlossmann Fund, Anonymous*, Kohl Philanthropies, Milwaukee Arts Board, Suzy B. Ettinger*, Nita Soref*, The Gerald & Louise Stein Family*, Clarice S. Turer Charitable Fund, Debra & Moshe Katz, Drs. Jane & Ellis Avner, Young Leadership Division of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Neena & Rick Florsheim, Ovation Chai Point and Ovation Jewish Home, Anonymous, Sharon & Richard Canter*, Buzz Monkeys (*Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation) / Media Sponsor: Shepherd Express