News in Brief

Chagall exhibit opens in Moscow

An exhibit on artist Marc Chagall, whose works were once banned in the former Soviet Union, has opened in Russia. The Moscow exhibition looks at the Jewish and folk art influences on his art. Communist Russia saw his works as "bourgeois." "Visitors often ask why Chagall's animals are blue, yellow or pink, why the bride is flying over the rooftops and the man has two faces," said curator Ekaterina Selezneva, according to the French news agency AFP. "They will now understand where Chagall drew [his images] from." Chagall was born Moishe Segal in 1887 to a poor Jewish family outside Vitebsk in modern Belarus, in the Jewish Pale of Settlement, and his paintings recall images of Vitebsk. The exhibit runs until Sept. 30. (JTA )

Two Israelis video creators to display at Taipei Biennial

Two Israeli artists will have works on display at the Taipei Biennial this autumn - Omer Fast and Roee Rosen. Fast, a video artist, was born in Israel, raised in the United States and now lives in Germany. His works often integrates realistic and fantastic elements. Rosen, a multidisciplinary artist, will show a series of drawings, "Vladimir's Night," and the video work "Out." The drawings, created in 2011-2012, tell a fictitious story about Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Out," from 2010, won a prize at the Venice Film festival that year. (Camea Smith )

Group exhibit in Paris planned for Israeli artists

Fifteen Israeli artists will exhibit their works at Pluriel, a modern-art exhibition in Paris this November. The show is being curated by Nathalie Mamane-Cohen and Nathalie Zaquin-Boulakia. Mamane-Cohen told Haaretz that while many Israeli artists exhibit at well-known Paris galleries, they do as individuals. Thus she and her partner decided the time had come for a group exhibit. The works will deal with "complex issues such as gender, territory, religion and violence," she said, and the artists come from a variety of backgrounds: Khader Oshah, for instance, was born in Gaza and now lives in the Negev Bedouin town of Rahat, while Assaf Shoshan is an Israeli living in Paris. (Camea Smith )

Marc Chagall's 1914 oil on canvas, "Study for `Over Vitebsk.'"