Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Born in Russia in 1866, Léon Bakst belonged to that young generation of European artists who rebelled against 19th century stage realism, which had become pedantic and literal, without imagination or theatricality. There were no specialist trained theatre designers, so painters like Léon Bakst turned their painting skills to theatre design. Bakst’s fame lay in the ballets he designed for the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, and huge pageant spectaculars for dancer and patron, Ida Rubinstein.

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Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929 (Paperback)

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929 (Paperback)

‘A sumptuous illustrated catalog.’ Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune Serge Diaghilev (1872–1929) was an extraordinarily gif…

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August 2015. Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.

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Event - Art and Existence: 100 Years of Black Entertainment Culture in Britain 1900-2000

Thu 23 July 2015 14:30–16:00

TALK: Join Leon Robinson, filmmaker, archivist and Founder of Positive Steps Archives, for a fascinating journey of black entertainment history.

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