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The artist and the theater. Exhibition of works by Mikhail Shemyakin opened in St. Petersburg

Since February 16, 2017, the St. Petersburg Museum of Theater and Musical Art, together with the Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation, presents the exhibition “Mikhail Shemyakin. Artist and Theater. The exposition includes sketches of costumes, masks and props, stage decisions for famous ballet performances and even jewelry.The large-scale exhibition project “The Artist and Theater” reveals the theatrical anthology of Mikhail Shemyakin (b. 1943), introducing the viewer to his work on the ballets “Nutcracker”, “The Magic Nut”, “Metaphysical Ballet”, “Meek”, “Sacred Spring”, “ Coppelia. The costumes, masks and props created by the artist for the Mariinsky Theater and the National Opera and Ballet Theaters in Vilnius and Sofia, presented in the halls of the Museum, will allow not only to enjoy the beauty of the theater extravaganza, but also to immerse in the process of working on the performances. Each sketch is a complete image, which gives an idea of ​​how the character's costume, and reveals his character, plastic movements.Mikhail Shemyakin. Sketch of Coppelius’s costume and make-up for the ballet “Coppolia” based on the work of E.T. A. Hoffman "Sand Man" Mikhail Shemyakin - an artist outside the genres: for his creative life, he was engaged in book graphics, painting, sculpture, arranged carnival processions. The first appeal of the master to the theater occurred back in 1966. It was staged by Dmitri Shostakovich's opera “The Nose” on the training stage of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. But a truly world-successful artist brought work on the ballet. In 2001, at the request of Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Shemyakin puts the Nutcracker on the stage of the Mariinsky Theater. His main task is to bring the performance out of the state of the children's New Year's matinee and return him to the truly “Hoffmann” spirit.In the halls of the Chelyabinsk State Museum of Fine Arts at the exhibition “The Artist and Theater”. Working on the Nutcracker ballet, Mikhail Shemyakin made more than a thousand sketches and even created wooden sculptures repeating the silhouettes of dancing actors who helped to present the staging of the play. Later, these sculptures were reproduced in the fireglass, it is they who will enter the exhibition.Photo: A. Leontyev. Source: Mikhail Shemyakin FoundationExposition "Artist and Theater" in the halls of the Radishchevsky Museum (Saratov) Photo: A.Leontyev. Source: Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation

Also, the viewer will have the opportunity to see the layout of the stage, with which the artist developed the scenery for the ballet "Coppelia", to understand the specifics of the movements of the stage constructions and scenery, the arrangement of the scenes, the depth and diversity of the stage space.
Photos from the exhibition "Artist and Theater" in the halls of the Chelyabinsk State Museum of Fine Arts.

In the halls of the Chelyabinsk State Museum of Fine Arts at the exhibition "The Artist and Theater".
  • Pendant "Little rat in cheese", an image from the ballet "The Nutcracker". Jewelry House Sasonko
  • Pendant "Egg-cradle", an image from the ballet "The Magic Nut". Jewelry House Sasonko

The theater, in all its grotesque, sometimes polemical and always unexpected reading, penetrates into the easel works of Mikhail Shemyakin, presented at the exhibition by the series “Carnivals of St. Petersburg”. A riot of colors, strictly organized thanks to a refined line of drawing, accuracy in the transfer of details of the costume and masks inspired the artist to the stage of the areal commedia dell'arte. Costumes and photos from famous carnival processions, organized by Mikhail Shemyakin in Venice and St. Petersburg, bring to the exhibition the spirit of an old holiday.

  • Mikhail Shemyakin. Costumes for the ballet "Coppolia"

Figures from the collection "Guest", issued by the Imperial Porcelain Factory.
Photo: A. Leontyev.

The exhibition "The Artist and Theater" in the halls of the Radischevsky Museum (Saratov). Photo: A. Leontiev, the Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation (more photos from the link) For the first time, the exhibition “The Artist and the Theater” was exhibited at the Foundation of the artist Mikhail Shemyakin in 2014, and was later shown in Saratov and Chelyabinsk. The Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art presents a number of new exhibits, including the Nutcracker sculpture series made of porcelain.Pendant pendant "Lucky Shoe", image from the ballet "The Nutcracker". Jewelry House Sasonko
  • Tea set "The Little Pugs Thieves" according to the sketches of Mikhail Shemyakin. Imperial Porcelain Factory.
  • Photo: Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation
The exhibition “Mikhail Shemyakin. Artist and Theater "in the St. Petersburg Museum of Theater and Musical Art works from February 16 to April 9, 2017. Materials and illustrations: St. Petersburg Museum of Theater and Music, the Mikhail Shemyakin Foundation. Title illustration: Mikhail Shemyakin. Costume design for the Nutcracker ballet