A World of Stage: Russian Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and Theatrical DesignRussian impresario Sergei Diaghilev founded the Ballets Russes, whose reputation as a revolution in twentieth-century theatrical design continues to this day, in Paris, 1909.  The Ballets Russes brought together the talents of artists from various fields—genius dancers such as Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky, composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Erik Satie, avant-garde artists such as scene- and costume-designer Léon Bakst—and made an enormous impact on western theater and art of the 1910s-1920s as a collective arts movement.  It spearheaded the advancement of the Russian avant-garde, and played a role in the popularity of Art Deco.
     This exhibition will introduce the ever-brilliant world of Ballets Russes through works such as approximately 140 sketches for costume designs, 10 original costumes from St. Petersburg, and films of reenacted performances.

Léon Bakst (1911) Costume design for Vaslav Nijinsky in Diaghilev’s “La Péri”
©Professor Stavrovski Collection, New York


Related Events
Lecture: “On Russian Avant-Garde Art and Theater”
Lecturer: NAGATA Yasushi (professor, Osaka University School of Letters)
Date: July 1 (Sun.)  1:30-3:00PM (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: Lecture hall (maximum capacity 100); free
in Japanese only

Museum concert: “SUZUKI Ken’ichirō Piano Concert”
Date: June 10 (Sun.)  2:00-3:00PM
Place: 1F Lobby (100 seats, first come first served); free

Dance performance
Date: June 23 (Sat.)  1:30PM-
Place: 1F Entrance Hall area

Exhibition Dates
Saturday, June 9 - Monday (holiday), July 16, 2007
Closed on Mondays

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1250 1050 1050
University students 800 600 600
High school students 600 400 400
Junior high and younger Free Free Free

* Includes admission for Sibyl Heijnen: Look! (opens June 19)
Advance tickets: Ticket Pia, FamilyMart (P code: 687-375), Lawson (L code:
55528), other major ticket vendors and convenience stores

Publicity Materials
Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido  2007/04/17 (Tue.) - 05/27 (Sun.)  flyer
PDF file (661KB)


Poster design proposals (2 types)


MOMAK flyer  PDF file (821KB)


Other museums
Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido  2007/04/17 (Tue.) - 05/27 (Sun.)
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum  2007/07/26 (Thu.) - 09/17 (Mon.)
Aomori Museum of Art  2007/09/29 (Sat.) - 10/28 (Sun.)

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