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"The Ballets Russes: Modern times after Diaghilev" at the Millennium Gallery...

"The Ballets Russes: Modern times after Diaghilev" at the Millennium Gallery... 

In 1917, when introducing "the extraordinary Modern Art achievements" performed by the Ballets Russes to Portugal Futurista as they began their season in Lisbon in that same year, artist Almada Negreiros described them as "the biggest victory of modern European civilization".

Between scandal and admiration, emulation and rejection, Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes were among the most innovative experiments in early twentieth century artistic creativity. Diaghilev developed an art programme revolving around dance while drawing upon choreographers, dancers, composers, visual artists, libretto writers and set designers.

Devoted to the fusion of the archaic and the avant-garde, they signaled the transitory and the immovable which today articulates modern thought. From the arts of motion to fashion design, from music to sculpture, from set design to painting, from the decorative arts to the cinema, the Ballets Russes constitute a paradigm of the mutually illuminating project that is found in a modernity and which still always remains incomplete.

Sponsored by Millennium bcp Foundation, "The Ballets Russes: Modern times after Diaghilev" marks the Lisbon season's centenary. It will be on display at the Millennium Gallery until September 29.

 

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