Paris Pays Homage to the Ballet Russes

From 1909 to 1929, the Ballet Russes (Russian Ballet in French) was celebrated for its landmark collaborations between choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers during the avant-garde period in early-20th-century Paris. As the Russian dance company prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, Sotheby’s will stage an exhibition of works lent mainly by private collectors, museums, and foundations in Paris’ Galerie Charpentier. More than 150 paintings, designs, costumes, theater decors, drawings, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, and programs will be on display, including designs by André Derain and Henri Matisse, who created the costumes for the 1920 production of Stravinsky’s Le Chant du Rossignol (shown). Also included is the Chinese Conjurer poster Pablo Picasso designed for the 1917 production of Parade. The exhibition runs from September 17 to 23 at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris and will serve as a preview for the sale of Russian art to be held at Sotheby’s in London in November. (www.sothebys.com)

—Alexandra Foster

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