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After visiting the St. Benrard dog’s home and museum at Martigny, we went to the Fondation Pierre Gianadda – the main reason to go to Martigny.

More will be written about the small but active museum in this corner of Switzerland.

The Fondation has a beautiful sculpture garden and one of the more remarkable pieces is this pavilion and sculptures created by Marc Chagall.

Chagall was commissioned by Madame Ira Kostelitz in 1964 to do three mosaics and two small sculptures (a bird and a fish) for a small courtyard at her Parisian residence.

We have not found a description of the stories or myths behind this work – but it is one of his recurrent themes.

The three mosaic walls and the two sculptures were reconstructed under Chagall’s direction in 2004 on the grounds of the foundation to mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation.

The mosaic titles, even the background tiles are richly colorful, it may not be apparent from a distance until one looks at it more closely. There is a digital feel about mosaic art – tiles and pixels.

Imagine sipping a cold drink on a hot summer day, sitting by a pool or taking a bath in open air, next to this pavilion with the colorful tiles and fountain.

There are many pieces of art that I enjoy viewing but very few pieces that I would want to own – this is one of those pieces that I would like to put in my garden (if I have one).

This piece was even signed in mosaic by the artist.

As you may have noticed, I like mosaic art – check out our recent post about the floral-themed mosaics in the Wynn at Las Vegas.


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  1. By Torta Caprese Alle Niccole – Let's Eat! on 16 Oct 2016 at 4:12 pm

    […] work was nowhere to be found. As my luck would have it, I did, surprisingly, come across this beautiful courtyard of mosaic tiles by Marc Chagall at Fondation Pierre Gianadda in the small town of Martigny, on my […]

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