'Masterpieces of Russian Stage Design 1880-1930' examines the Lobav-Rostovsky collection of stage design, in turn outlining the history of modern Russian art: one of the most important interludes within the cultural renaissance of the early twentieth century. Unique in size, scope, and composition, the collection is unequalled; artists include celebrities such as Bakst, Beis, Goncharova, Lariov, Malevich, Popova, Rodchenko, and Tatlin as well as less familiar names such as Anisfeld, Lissim, Remisoff, and Soudeikine. This volume (the first of a two-part set) includes over 200 colour illustrations of selected designs as well as an introduction, interview, indices (to artists, theatre companies, and primary productions), a glossary of terms, and a comprehensive bibliography for the visual and performing arts in Russia. From Neo-Nationalism and Symbolism through Cubo-Futurism and Suprematism to Constructivism and Socialist Realism, Masterpieces of Russian Stage Design guides the reader through the movements, styles, productions and projects that attracted many of Russia s early twentieth-century artists to the stage. The companion volume, 'Encyclopedia of Russian Stage Design' ISBN: 9781851497195 (to be published in 2013), is the catalogue raisonne of the Lobav-Rostovsky collection.
John E. Bowlt, Nikita. D. Lobanov-Rostovsky, Nina Lobanov-Rostovsky