The exhibition for the first
time so fully presents the variety of the interpretations of the phenomena of
dance as a significant aesthetic category from the beginning of the 20th
century till nowadays. The exposition includes sculptures, paintings, graphic
works, photographs and video art works from the collection of the Russian Museum and private collections.
Dance is a unique form of
spatial arts that combines the elitism and democratic character. It keenly
reflected the changes in the spiritual culture in the 20th century
when the aesthetic potential of dance that absorbed the achievements of the
earlier epochs and innovations of modernity revealed itself so fully. In the
works that are presented at the exhibition the dance as the special type of
communication and the form of the artistic self-expression is embodied in the
categories of movement and form that are significant for the fine arts. The
exposition reveals its theme both in depiction of the scenes and plots
connected with the traditional forms of dance (classical, folk or ritual) and
allegorically. Original and sometimes unexpected embodiment the motif of dance
finds in the works by artists of the Russian Avant-Garde and Contemporary art
(M. Matushin, P. Konchalovsky, I. Lizak, D. Kaminker, V. Apuchtina and others).
In the abstract compositions the rhythm of lines or color drops might be
comprehended as the dance created by the dynamics of forms and their plastic
intercommunication. The works that are presented at the exhibition reflect the
diversity of stylistic approaches to the bright and inspired world of dance.
is organized in framework of The Dyagilev. Postscript Festival and supported by
VTB Bank and Peter and Irene Ludwig Art Foundation.