Sunday, 17 October 2010

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes (V&A)

I was fortunate to be given a tour of the Diaghilev exhibition at the V&A last week by the curator, Jane Pritchard.   It's a very full exhibition, and if you go it deserves a trip of at least 2 hours. Link here: V&A

What struck me most were the extraordinary set and costume designs by artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Rouault, and in particular de Chirico.
De Chirico designs for Ballets Russes
It started me thinking about whether designs for dances now have similarly drawn on the leading visual artists. There's examples such as Julian Opie and the Royal Ballet, and Anthony Gormley's work with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at Sadler's Wells.  I'd like to see some more abstract artists interact with costume design! 

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