Diaghilev And The Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music

What do you get if you mix astonishing aesthetic courage, extraordinary taste, and great gobs of money? Serge Diaghilev and all that he wrought, that’s what. If you find yourself in Washington, D.C., between now and Labor Day, don’t miss the Diaghilev exhibit at the National Gallery of Art of Art. It’s a stunning collection of original costumes, drawings, set pieces, along with film excerpts, all of the work launched by an impresario who shaped 20th-century art. I thought I had a good sense of what he’d done. I didn’t. This exhibit, which started at London’s V&A and won’t be coming to NYC, is both thrilling and — if you’re a producer who prides himself on taking chances — really, really, really humbling. Great catalogue, too, beautifully written and illustrated.  –gregory mosher

 

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