Charlie Chaplin was an internationally revered movie star and an icon of the silent-film era, with an extraordinary career that spanned more than half a century. Best-known in the Twenties and Thirties for his on-screen character ‘The Tramp’, the actor, director and producer appeared in more than 70 movies over his lifetime, and is credited with elevating popular cinema into the 7th art.

For the first time, this exhibition explores the connection between Chaplin’s films and the artistic creations of avant-garde artists of the time, including Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and Frantisek Kupka; artists at the centre of modern art movements such as Constructivism, Surrealism and Dadaism.
Featuring around 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, archives and film scenes, the exhibition reveals the relationship between Chaplin’s work and those of his contemporaries who constantly addressed, each in their own way, the rapidly changing world of the first half of the twentieth century.

Organised by Louvre Abu Dhabi, Musée d’arts de Nantes and Agence-France Muséums. Curated by Claire Lebossé, Curator of the collections of modern art, Musée d’arts de Nantes, France.

Admission is included with your museum general admission ticket.
Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club Members visit for free.

Cultural programme

The exhibition will be accompanied by a cultural programme exploring the connection between art and cinema and investigates how practitioners in the visual and performing arts have used silent film as a source of inspiration.

The museum will mark the exhibition opening with a subtle blend of art, comedy, circus, dance, classical music and philosophy based on the question of time. A highlight will be Yoann Bourgeois and his short, poetic mime art performances that are a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, revisiting concepts of time, the absurd and contemplation.

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