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Léon Bakst's Anniversary Celebrated with Exhibition in Pushkin Museum
June 12, 2016 15:47

An exposition timed to the 150th anniversary of the famous Russian artist Léon Bakst has been opened in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
 A painter, scenery designer, an illustrator and a fashion designer, Léon Bakst is mostly famous in the West in connection to Sergey Diaghilev's Russian Seasons.
According to the museum head Marina Loshak, the preparation for the exhibition opening was very complicated. Among the participants there are several dozens museums from both Russia and abroad. Some exhibits have been provided by private collectors. Thanks to that the exhibition embraces all directions of Leon Bakst's creativity, including portraits, landscapes, stage costumes, and fine fabrics designed by him.
"I hope that we have succeded in telling the life story of the artist, who created beauty all around him" — Marina Loshak pointed out.
The exposition also includes art works, which have never been displayed in this country before. The panel picture Awakening is one of them. It has been provided to the Pushkin Museum by the Rothschilds Family Fund.
The famous Russian fashion designer and historian Alexander Vasilyev has presented exhibits from his private collection: these are fashion dresses and stage costumes based on Leon Bakst's sketches of the 1910s-1920s.
The St. Petersburg Vaganova Academy of the Russian Ballet has provided a stage costume, in which the great Russian ballet dancer Václav Nizhinsky performed The Ghost of a Rose.
Visitors will also see a portrait of Sergey Dyagilev with his nurse, the self-portrait of Leon Bakst, and portraits of the Silver Age poets Andrey Bely and Zinaida Gippius.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Leon Bakst Art Exhibitions Exhibitions in Moscow Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts  

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