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July 16, 2003 -- Marc Chagall was an artist who often defied categorization. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) writes: "Borrowing from many art movements but never following any one school, Chagall employed avant-garde techniques in works that embrace storytelling, allegory, memory, and religion." And the SFMOMA is pleased to announce the Marc Chagall Retrospective will be on display in their galleries from July 26-November 4, 2003.

The SFMOMA exhibition includes 153 Chagall paintings and works on paper created between 1907 and 1970 -- including many never before seen in the United States -- and provides new insight into his work. This is the only U.S. stop for this retrospective.

Tickets for the show are $10 general admission, free for SFMOMA members, $6 for students and $7 for seniors. The Chagall exhibit is $5 extra, except for SFMOMA members and children under twelve when accompanied by an adult, who pay no additional charge. If you have a membership at any other museum in the U.S., be sure to check with your membership office to see if SFMOMA offers members reciprocity -- you won't have to pay the general admission, just the $5 special exhibition fee.

The museum recommends booking tickets in advance at www.ticketweb.com or by phone at 888/468-3399. For more information head to www.sfmoma.com or call 415/357-4000 fax 415/357-4037

Hotels and Tickets

If you're coming from out of town, the SFMOMA and the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.sfvisitor.org) are offering some great hotel and ticket packages specifically tailored to the Chagall retrospective.

Here are a few of the best offers. The Grant Plaza Hotel is "For the Chagall lover on a budget" and has a special where you get a deluxe guestroom, free cocktail, and a ticket to the the show (additional tickets available for a fee). The Palace Hotel's Chagall package includes deluxe accommodations for two and two tickets to the Chagall exhibition for $169. Note that this package is only available Thursday through Sunday nights. If you want to go a bit more upscale, The W San Francisco package at $209 (with additional nights at $169) includes room for two, two tickets to the Chagall exhibition, and the reduced valet parking rate of $20 per night (regularly $40).

All rates are per night based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Packages mentioned are all valid throughout the length of the exhibition from July 26 to November 4. For reservations or more information check out their website at www.sfvisitor.org or on the horn at 888/STAY-N-SF.

The Argent Hotel, located just one block from the museum, is also offering a package in celebration of the Chagall show from July 26th through November 4th. "The Chagall ArgentStyle" package includes a deluxe king room, a commemorative Chagall catalogue, two VIP tickets to SFMOMA and the Chagall exhibition, and an Art Argent Style brochure, featuring all of The Argent's museum-quality art collection displayed throughout the hotel for $219 per night, excluding tax. To reserve call 877/222-6699 or on the web at www.argenthotel.com.

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