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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 12 November 2010
A must see exhibition at the National Gallery this summer;
150 costumes and accessories from the revolutionary Ballets Russes
Visitors to Canberra this summer can immerse themselves in the creative explosion
of the Ballets Russes at the National Gallery of Australia‟s major exhibition
Ballets
Russes: the art of costume.
Opening on 10 December, the exhibition features 150 costumes and accessories
designed by renowned artists from the early 20
th
century including Henri Matisse,
Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Natalie Goncharova, André Derain, Giorgio de
Chirico and many other artists.
“This is a must see for anyone with an interest in the performing arts, dance, fashion,
textiles, contemporary arts, or anyone with a love of rich, inspirational art exhibitions,”
said exhibition curator, the Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design at the NGA, Dr
Robert Bell AM.
“The exhibition recreates something of the world from a hundred years ago and this
is the chance for modern audiences to understand this part of history,” he continued.
The Ballets Russes (or Russian Ballet) revolutionised ballet with its sensational
fusion of art, movement and music. Visitors to the exhibition can trace the story of the
Ballet Russes as they wander through the 150 exquisite costumes and accessories
which will largely be presented on mannequins in three dimensions. The costumes –
made of brightly coloured and quite elaborate silks, velvets, embroidery, appliqué
and hand painting– demonstrate the visual richness of the original productions.
The sensory spectacle that was the Ballets Russes will be brought back to life with
original design drawings for costumes and stage scenery, programs and posters, film
and photography from 34 productions between 1909 and 1940.
Visitors can immerse themselves in the Ballets Russes as a total art form with a
diverse range of experiences in the exhibition including a film showing original
footage of performances featuring costumes from the exhibition, and music playing
by some of the top composers of the era.
For families, the themed Family Activity Room will interest children with dress-ups
and paper design activities, and there‟s also a fun Children‟s Trail to keep them busy.
Special Children‟s theatre performances are planned for February and March.
Adult
and Children‟s audio tours are also available.
Throughout Summer the NGA will offer a series of public programs around the
exhibition including the
Sunset Sessions,
free public performances, film screenings
and talks, the Verve Cliquot Sculpture Garden Bar on Friday nights, and extended
opening hours until 7pm on Saturdays throughout the exhibition. And of course
there‟s the themed NGA Shop to stock up on goodies!