Diaghilev & The Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929

Serge Diaghilev and Igor Stravinsky
Serge Diaghilev & Igor Stravinsky

I was excited to hear that this week on the 25th of September an exhibition on Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929), Серге́й Па́влович Дя́гилев, Serge de Diaghileff, Sergey Dyaguileff and the Ballet Russes will open at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The man was known as a dictator, devil, charlatan, sorcerer, charmer, and it was this unique character and driving ambition which caused a ferment in European culture.  Diaghilev’s greatest achievement was his dance company – the Ballets Russes. Created a century ago, the productions of the Ballets Russes revolutionised early 20th-century arts.

He left few personal possessions, but offers all of us an astonishing legacy of music, dance and art.  I for one shall be booking tickets imminently!

The exhibition runs from 25 September 2010 – 9 January 2011

Adult tickets are priced at £10, concessions are available

To find out more visit www.vam.ac.uk

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BBC Russian Season

bbcAs part of the much-anticipated Russian Season, the BBC is set to unravel the rich and fascinating world of Russian art for the first time in a three-part series on BBC Four.  The Art Of Russia is the story of a nation’s destiny – revolution and human conflict on a scale unparalleled in any other European country’s history of art.

Emerging from the most conservative of cultures into the most radical, Russian art triumphed against the odds.  This is the country that gave us Malevitch’s Black Square – a precursor of Rothko intensity – and the Faberge Egg… at the same time!

Episode one celebrates the great age of the icon, when Russia was at its most intense and inward looking.  Travelling to the northern wastes, art critic, Andrew Graham-Dixon, discovers the country’s most moving icons, the little known folk ‘Lubock’ art, antique Russia of the countryside, and Peter the Great’s artistic revolution.

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