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Edited by Célia Bernasconi, John E. Bowlt, Nick Mauss
Preface by S.A.R. la Princesse de Hanovre.
Foreword by Marie-Claude Beaud.
Texts by Léon Bakst, John E. Bowlt, Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, Nina Lobanov-Rostovsky, Firuza Melville, Nicoletta Misler, Elena Terkel.
published in February 2017
bilingual edition (English / French)
24 x 33 cm (softcover, cloth binding)
208 pages (color & b/w ill.)
This publication, conceived as an extension of the eponymous exhibition and its design, gathers scientific contributions from leading researchers and art and dance
historians alongside in situ installation views, paying tribute to Léon Bakst, the greatest set designer of the modern era.
as a total artwork in which choreography, music
, costumes and sets were of equal importance, Léon Bakst worked closely with artists such as Serge Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky, Jean Cocteau, Ida Rubinstein and Igor Stravinsky
, transforming the perception of ballet.
Like the exhibition, the book highlights Bakst's finest achievements in stage design, while also revealing his decisive influence in the field of textile
design. The cloth covers of each publication, available in five colors, were stenciled by Nick Mauss during a residency in Monaco using motifs created by Léon Bakst.
Designing Dreams, A Celebration of Léon Bakst
celebrates the artform of the book and offers a detailed presentation of Bakst's drawings
, costume and textile designs, previously unpublished writings on ornament and fashion
, new scholarship on Bakst's sources and the impact of his vision, as well in situ views of the scenography created by Nick Mauss
for the exhibition.
This edition comes with five different clothbound colored covers (yellow, green, red, blue, pink), stenciled by Nick Mauss, and randomly distributed.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Villa Sauber – Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, from October 23, 2016, to January 15, 2017.