The best art exhibitions and events for spring 2013

Chagall: Modern Master

A pioneer of the avant garde who embraced big themes – particularly love, suffering and death – Chagall mixed Russian Jewish folk culture with fauvism, suprematism, cubism and expressionism. In his long life (born in Russia in 1887, he died in France in 1985), Chagall wrestled too much at once but sometimes won. This show focuses on a turbulent period: from pre-first world war Paris to the Russian Revolution. Tate Liverpool (, 8 June to 6 October.

Saloua Raouda Choucair

Now nearly 100 years old, Lebanese artist Choucair well deserves her first international museum show. Described as a “rare female voice in the Beirut art scene”, Choucair’s presence at the Tate signals the complicated current relationship between the western art world and the Middle East. Her art is a synthesis of Paris abstraction and Islamic aesthetics, and her approach to sculpture prefigures minimal and post-minimal work of the

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