Monaco, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco


In 1909, Sergei Diaghilev revolutionized the world of dance with the first performance of the Ballets Russes and continued masterful and sensational productions until 1920 that today hold their place in history as having aesthetically influenced diverse creative genres. To celebrate the Ballets Russes Centenary a variety of Monaco’s cultural institutions, including the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, among many others, feature programs organized by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco which itself hosts an exhibition that is slated to continue onto Moscow in the Autumn. The festivities kick off with “Etonne-moi!” (“Surprise me!”), a collection of 200 items centered around Diaghilev and the artists with which he worked – from Nijinsky and Pavlova to Picasso and Satie – as well as Les Ballets Russes’s Monte Carlo productions, notably Narcisse, La Chatte and Le Train Bleu.

The exhibition at Villa Sauber features paintings, preparatory drawings, models of stage sets, costumes as well as written and sound archives, dating from 1909 through 1929 and drawn from European, Russian and North American collections.

July 9 through September 27, 2009
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Villa Sauber, Monaco
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