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Exciting to walk round the galleries this morning and see at least some objects in place. A quick look at the Managers from Parade which have been reconstructed for us by the American Manager lacks his face. A quick look at the Lachmann photos show three bumps – is that an odd cubist nose or a nose and two eyes one above each other? Whatever, we need to include them. Trousers and shoes...
The third day of installation and a few cases are complete and some of the walls are hung with posters, designs and drawings. Even unlit The Sleeping Princess looks stunning. The positioning of each mannequin is a slow process as they are slightly twisted so it becomes clearer which work together as a group. Where the trains reach the floor carefully cut Melinex has to be inserted between fabric...
Today is the first day of installation of the objects – an exciting moment as one wonders just how everything will really look. We begin with challenges to get the 1909 poster with Serov’s wonderful drawing of Anna Pavlova into one case and Boris Godunov’s wonderful robes into another. The poster just fits through the door but there is a problem with Boris. We have lost his head...

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