Exhibition "The Ballets Russes: Modern times after Diaghilev”

14 de julho
 a 29 de setembro

"The exhibition celebrates the centenary of the Lisbon season by problematising the artistic modernity of Sergei Diaghilev's project and summoning contemporary artists.

The exhibition correspondingly focuses on three core sections:

- celebrating the troupe's Portuguese saison, at the Museu Nacional do Teatro e Dança, entitled Ballets Russes in Portugal; 

- the perennial nature of the incomplete project of the modernities that it encapsulates, expressed in the Ballets Russes' Modernisms and Modern Times collection exhibited at the Galeria Millennium, and particularly in the original costumes of L’Après-Midi d’un Faune and Le Sacre du Printemps, which go on display for the first time in Portugal. 

- and Ballets Russes After Hours that revolves around the commissions made to two Portuguese artists, whose proposals continue the incomplete dialogue of modernity in our time, showcasing works that derive from a visual arts project at Galeria Millennium and a choreography/performance at Palácio Foz. 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, 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."