Exhibition ’History of Russian Ballet’ automatic translate
с 8 Октября
по 8 Ноября
Всероссийский музей декоративно-прикладного и народного искусства
ул. Делегатская, 3
On October 8, the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied Art opens the exhibition «The Stories of Russian Ballet», which offers a modern look at the art of Russian ballet in its actual and historical aspect. The aim of the project is to complement and enrich the impressions of Russian ballet dancers through related art areas, artistic details, individual stories of productions, fragments of works. To draw the attention of our contemporaries to the ballet of today, to its connection with the great figures of the past, to the continuity of generations and art schools throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
At the exhibition, unique works from the collections of Moscow museums will be presented to a wide audience. The most significant exhibits are monumental images in bronze of the great ballerinas of the twentieth century Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya sculptor Elena Janson-Manizer, known for her works on the theme of Russian ballet and sports, monumental projects for the Moscow metro (Dinamo station, Dobryninskaya). In them, the soul of the dance itself is transferred, the character of the movement, it is noticed something that is barely perceptible, which is the essence of the image. Portrait of Ulanova in the role of Odette in «Swan Lake» was kept for several decades in the funds of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The same monumental sculpture of Galina Ulanova is installed in front of the Royal Dance Museum in Stockholm. A sculpture depicting Maya Plisetskaya in the image of Cygnus was created by Elena Janson-Manizer in 1968 especially for the great ballerina.
Ballet in Russia traditionally has a high status in the cultural life of the state, and abroad has long been in the associative line of Russian art and is the visiting card of our country. Russian ballet keeps its aesthetic canons and is the legislator of classical choreography all over the world since the times of modern history.
The exhibition exposition reflects all the facets of art objects inspired by the ballet. It shows scenic and graphic sketches of scenery, costumes for the famous productions of «Russian Seasons» by Sergei Diaghilev, performed by artists of the first magnitude - Lev Bakst, Alexander Benois, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov; Original costumes realized in the material according to their sketches. Also, author’s reconstructions of stage costumes for the «Russian Seasons» of the contemporary theater artist Anna Nezhnaya are presented. The influence of Russian choreographic art on European masters of the Art Deco style can be seen in the sculptures of Demetre Chiparus and Pierre Lorele.
Creative searches for the interaction of different types of art in the second half of the 20th century reflect Igor Makarov’s sketches for television films featuring Maya Plisetskaya on the music of Rodion Shchedrin’s «Lady with a Dog» directed by Boris Galanter and Boris Eifman’s «Duel». An outstanding ballet dancer, choreographer, theater director Vladimir Vasiliev reveals the universality of his talent in the author’s scenography, works in the technique of watercolor.
The exhibition presents items from the collection of Soviet porcelain of the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied and Folk Art - sculptural images of famous ballerinas Tatyana Karsavina, Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya in legendary scenic images. Some of the items from this collection, made in the 1920s - 1950s. at the Leningrad Porcelain Factory according to the models of Vera Mukhina, Elena Janson-Manizer, Natalia Danko.
Sculptural miniature, dedicated to the memory of Maya Plisetskaya, from the collection «Images of the Russian Ballet», created by the creative group SASONKO. The great ballerina is imprinted in an image reminiscent of the iconographic image of the «Orans», with the hands open in the coming before eternity - the embodiment of fragility and strength.
«The Stories of Russian Ballet» invite viewers to recollect masterpieces of artistic productions, outstanding personalities of the Russian ballet, to touch the eternal values created thanks to the high art of dance.