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The XX century was generous with artistic experiments, performances, plexus of different types of art, plotless, symbolic, abstract, provocative actions. But with all this defiant diversity, there is one theatrical production a century ago that still looks avant-garde and bold. It is periodically revived by choreographers for contemporary theater festivals and is constantly quoted: in fashion collections, in photographs, design, stage images. This is Oscar Schlemmer’s Triadic ballet, which premiered in Stuttgart in 1922.
“Triadic ballet” was actually an experimental student production, but, like most of the developments conceived and carried out within the walls of the Bauhaus, it became a cult work and changed not only theatrical art, but also design, painting and sculpture. Continue reading
People tend to want to leave their mark in history, perpetuating their own image in the form of a portrait on canvas. In former times, to order a portrait could only representatives of a narrow circle of powerful rulers and nobility.
They commissioned a portrait from the most talented and famous master of his time. Portraits were painted from nature for months or even years, the artist tried to deeply feel the human essence, thoroughly display the individual traits, simultaneously fixing the attributes of the time when the portrait was painted. Therefore, portrait art is of great value in the historical and cultural sense.
But, what is a portrait to order today? After all, painting technologies of the past centuries, materials and means of expression have long changed. Continue reading