Designing Dreams, A Celebration of Léon Bakst


NMNM / Mousse Publishing
Bilingual French/English
208 pages
Softcover, 14 x 22 cm
ISBN : 978-2-9547139-6-0

Foreword(s) : HRH The Princess of Hanover
Text(s) : Léon Bakst, Marie-Claude Beaud, Célia Bernasconi, John E. Bowlt, Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, Nina Lobonov-Rostovsky, Firuza Melville, Nicoletta Misler, Elena Terkel

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This publication, conceived as an extension of the exhibition Designing Dreams, A Celebration of Léon Bakst and its design, gathers scientific contributions from leading researchers and art historians alongside in situ installation views, pays tribute to Léon Bakst, the greatest set designer of the modern era.

Viewing theater as a total artwork in which choreography, music, costumes and sets were of equal importance, Léon Bakst worked closely with artists such as Serge Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky, Jean Cocteau, Ida Rubinstein and Igor Stravinsky, transforming the perception of ballet.

Like the exhibition, the book highlights Bakst’s finest achievements in stage design, while also revealing his decisive influence in the field of textile design.

The cloth covers of each publication, available in five colors, were stenciled by Nick Mauss during a residency in Monaco using motifs created by Léon Bakst.

Designing Dreams, A Celebration of Léon Bakst celebrates the artform of the book and offers a detailed presentation of Bakst’s drawings, costume and textile designs, previously unpublished writings on ornament and fashion, new scholarship on Bakst’s sources and the impact of his vision, as well in situ views of the scenography created by Nick Mauss for the exhibition.

Curators: Celia Bernasconi and John Ellis Bowlt
Exhibition design : Nick Mauss

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