Chagall, entre guerre et paix

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6th arrondissement

Until Sun Jul 21 2013

Exposition Chagall

'La danse', 1950-1952 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée Marc Chagall) / Gérard Blot / © ADAGP 2012

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M Kiener

A reasonable collection covering a wide range of years, presented with just about enough space between each piece for everyone to see them. Timed entry tickets, which limit your entry to a half hour period certainly help to manage the flow of people well, so that the space doesn't become overcrowded. I would have like to have been able to stand further back from some of the pieces but they are not hung with enough room for that. Please note (and I write the following as someone who has now been living in Paris for 3 years) that, as in most cultural events in Paris, signs, labels, information etc. are only in French. A small free pamphlet gives an overview of Chagall's life, but does not give any detail about the pieces. A slow stroll through the collection took me 45 minutes. If you can read all of the French signs on the walls, you could perhaps need 60 to 90 minutes. BE AWARE that the venue is wheelchair accessible, but push chairs must be left at the cloakroom (this is not notified on the website and it is the first place I have ever found this to be the case in Paris and I can see no reason for it) and you will not be allowed to carry your child on your shoulders, so take your babybjorn/sling if you have one. Cue 45 minutes of annoying 11kg wriggling toddler and hand bag wrestling! Even though my 15 month old, not yet walking son, would only bring my own 50kg, 164cm stick like frame up to an impressive total of perhaps 194cm I was strictly forbidden from putting him on my shoulders. Also for no apparent reason that I could see (the ceilings and doorways are all at least 6m high). Maybe they thought I would block other people's view, in which case I can only assume that tall people are not allowed in the exhibition either. All in all, if you’ve done all the other main sights in Paris, this is worth visiting if you’re a big Chagall fan or want a change. Otherwise you could comfortably skip it and not have missed much.