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
Speaking of luxury gifts it is impossible to ignore the paintings, which at all times were presented as significant gifts for the most important events. In the past, the picture as a gift was not available to everyone, but only to a select few. Painting was ordered from famous masters, especially portraits were in demand.
Paintings in the houses of the nobility added significance to their owners. Sometimes the artists ordered paintings with a pre-agreed plot in order to make a certain “right” impression on the guests. The plot of the picture, filled with symbols and clues, could tell a lot about the house and its owners. Continue reading