Since 9th July 2009, Villa Sauber has hosted the exhibition “Etonne moi Diaghilev” (Astound Me!) The décor, mise en scène, architecture - the venue has been completely transformed into a wonderful showcase highlighting the treasures of the Ballets Russes. From the splendour of Fédor Chaliapine's costume for Boris Godounov's first performance, and looking at the world of Petrouchka, Cleopatra’s costume designed by Sonia Delaunay, to the décor and costumes from the Rite of Spring inspired by primitivism and constructivism, the exhibition beckons the visitor to embark on a journey through this era which revolutionised the world of dance. It portrays the history of the Ballets Russes thanks to 260 works presenting the different stage designers, their décor, costumes and mises en scène.
The richness of the costumes and models, the beauty of the various décor and costume designs, which Diaghilev entrusted to painters including Léon Bakst, Picasso, Matisse and Sonia Delaunay make for a wonderfully refreshing exhibition which enables visitors to discover the genius of Diaghilev in a setting that is full of life.
Commented by a guide, whose invaluable explanations are rich and detailed, the exhibition truly comes to the fore.
Villa Sauber, 17 Avenue Princesse Grace
Until 27th September from 10h a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: 6€, students and persons with reduced mobility: 3.50€
Free for the under 18s
Guided tours at 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. for 2 people minimum, 2€ per person and groups at 10 a.m. on reservation: 98 98 91 26 or email@example.com
Boris Godounov - Costume pour Fedor Chaliapine
Léon Bakst - L'après-midi d'un Faune
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