Current Exhibits

Marc Chagall's 'Le Cirque'

June 11th - August 13th

Almost 35 years after receiving the first prints of the legendary 'Le Cirque' portfolio, The Rahr-West Art Museum will finally have the opportunity to debut the entire series in a public exhibition. Mar Chagall's Le Cirque opens this summer. 
Last year, the Rahr-West aquired the final eight rare prints of the coveted 1967 Le Cirque series. 
Incredibly, this collection is making its debut at the Rahr-West Art Museum on June 11, 2017. The Rahr-West knows of no other museum in America that has this entire portfolio, and no record of the full 'Le Cirque' being exhibited has been found. In fact, the only other museum kknown to possess the entire series is the Musee National Marc Chagall in Nice, France.
Marc Chagall is considered one of Europe’s most accomplished 20th century artists, who’s work reached every corner of the world during his career. Le Cirque showcases his quintessential use of vivid color, dreamlike composition, and whimsical characters. He created the portfolio of 38 Le Cirque prints in Paris in 1967 with the assistance of master graphic artist Efstratios Teriade.

Art historian Steven D. Little said of the Le Cirque series:

"It is during this period that Chagall had reached the pinnacle of his technical maturity in the medium of color lithography. The resulting prints, with their rich, shimmering tones and fluid contours, are recognized as some of the finest examples of color lithography to have been created by any artist during the 20th century."

Marc Chagall's Le Cirque is presented with support of the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation 

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Art from the U.S. Navy

May 21st - September 17, 2017

The Rahr-West Art Museum, in association with Subfest, is pleased to bring to Wisconsin ‘Silent Service,’ a collection of 26 paintings from the U.S. Navy History and Heritage Command. This exhibition will be on view in the Rahr-West Art Museum’s Lounge Gallery from May 21 through September 17.

Branded as the “Silent Service,” submarines are known not only for keeping quiet regarding the duties they perform, but also how they move through the water.  With their aerodynamic shape for speed and dark hull for camouflage these ships continue to be both a mystery and a fascination. 

The exhibition features oil paintings created by CMDR John Charles Roach, (USNR-R), longtime artist-in-residence for the U.S. Navy. Roach studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris before joining the Navy.  He actively served in Vietnam, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as an additional 13 years in the Naval Reserves. Roach is one of the U.S. Navy’s most accomplished combat artists. The submarines profiled in ‘Silent Service’ were active during the 1980s, patrolling the world’s oceans in the uneasy final Cold-war years.

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts

U.S. Navy History & Heritage Command