Art Gallery of Alberta

Famed modern artist Marc Chagall brings a classic love story to life in new AGA exhibition.

Famed modern artist Marc Chagall brings a classic love story to life in new AGA exhibition.

Daphnis & Chloé considered some of Chagall’s most important illustrations.
For Immediate Release
October 18, 2013

Edmonton, AB (October 18/13) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to present CHAGALL: Daphnis & Chloé, organized by the National Gallery of Canada and featuring works by one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Marc Chagall. This exhibition will be on view from October 26, 2013 to February 17, 2014.

This exhibition showcases Marc Chagall’s 42 full-colour lithographs that illustrate the tale of Daphnis and Chloé, a classical romantic fable written in the second century CE by the Greek poet Longus and one of the most popular of the Greek pastoral romances in Western culture. With their vibrant colours and technical brilliance, Chagall’s illustrations are considered his most important works among his vast graphic production.

Lauded by his contemporaries—Picasso called him the best colourist since Matisse—Marc Chagall is one of the pioneers of modernism. However, instead of following one of the major 20th century pictorial trends, Chagall developed a unique symbolic representation and a style all of his own—presenting an ethereal and richly coloured vision of the world. While his works were mythical and fantastical in appearance and subject matter, he drew inspiration from the everyday and infused his works with spirituality and sentiment.

CHAGALL: Daphnis & Chloé is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and is part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program; presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power.

Also opening October 26, 2013

Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds—Spiritual and Mythological Figures in Inuit and Inuvialuit Art spans five decades of Inuit artworks, created by over 50 artists from 22 different northern communities across Canada’s arctic. Showcasing a variety of media, which include stone and antler carving, whalebone sculpture, prints, drawing and select ceramic and textile works, this exhibition highlights the persistence of mythological and spiritual figures in Inuit art. Images of angakkuq, the shaman and mediator between the spiritual and physical worlds, sea women, drum dancers and scenes of transformation are common in these works. This pervasive use of traditional imagery is explored in the context of Edmonton’s collecting market for Inuit art and craft.

Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds; Spiritual and Mythological Figures in Inuit and Inuvialuit Art is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and guest curated by Bill and Michelle Tracy, members of Edmonton’s Inuit Art Enthusiasts—a group of collectors who have generously loaned the works in the exhibition.

Media interested in covering these exhibitions are asked to make arrangements for access and interviews.

For media information, to coordinate interviews and to set up a time to view the exhibitions please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist

T: 780.392.2468 E:


Public Programs and Events


Members’ Opening Reception
Friday, October 25, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIPs Only

Public Programs

BMO All Day Sunday: Northern Narratives
Sunday, October 27, 12-4 pm

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Tuesday, November 12, 7 pm

Art for Lunch
Inner and Outer Worlds: The Work of Marc Chagall
Thursday, November 21, 12:10-12:50 pm

BMO All Day Sunday: Colourful Creations
Sunday, November 24, 12-4 pm

AGA Book Club: As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Wednesday, December 4, 7 pm

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.