Sergei Diaghilev and the “VII Esposizione Internazionale d’arte di Venezia,” 1907

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Abstract

Based on previously unpublished archive material, the text details the troubled organization of the Russian Hall commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for the Venice Biennale of Fine Arts in 1907. Its focus is on the correspondence between the “Esposizione”’s Secretary General, Antonio Fradeletto, and Diaghilev, a discourse saturated by national stereotypes and mutual ignorance, which, because of mistrust and deep incompatibilities, ends up relying on a wide network of mediators, among which figure international diplomats and socialites.

Sergei Diaghilev and the “VII Esposizione Internazionale d’arte di Venezia,” 1907

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See Eduardo Ximenes“La VII Esposizione Internazionale d’arte della città di Venezia,” L’Illustrazione italiana24 No. 18 (5 May 1907) p. 433; Vittorio Pica “La sezione russa” in Vittorio Pica L’arte mondiale alla VII Esposizione di Venezia (Bergamo: Istituto Italiano d’Arti Grafiche 1907) pp. 131-46; Eugenio Vitelli L’arte alla VII Biennale di Venezia (Turin: Società Nazionale 1908) pp. 29-34.

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Sjeng ScheijenDiaghilev A Life (London: Profile Books2009) p. 146.

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    Poster for the “VII Esposizione Internazionale d’arte di Venezia,” 1907. Reproduced from: G. Romanelli, Ottant’anni di allestimenti alla Biennale (Venice: Archivio storico delle arti contemporanee, 1977), p. 101.
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    The Russian Hall at the Palazzo dell’Esposizione, Venice, 1907. Reproduced from: V. Pica, L’arte mondiale alla VII Esposizione di Venezia (Bergamo: Istituto Italiano d’Arti Grafijiche, 1907), unpaginated. Among the works on display can be seen Serafijim Sudbinin’s bust of Maxim Gorky and Pavel Kuznetsov’s painting, Blue Fountain, 1905.
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    The Russian Hall at the Palazzo dell’Esposizione, Venezia, 1907. Reproduced from G. Romanelli, Ottant’anni di allestimenti alla Biennale (Venezia: Archivio storico delle arti contemporanee, 1977), p. 64. Among the works on display can be seen Dmitrii Stelletsky’s wooden group, Exalted Boyarynia (Marfa the Governess) (1910), Valentin Serov’s portraits of Konstantin Korovin (1891), and Count Feliks Sumarokov-Elston (1903).
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    Serafijim Sudbinin: Maxim Gorky, 1904, marble (dimensions and present whereabouts unknown). Reproduced from: V. Pica, L’arte mondiale alla VII Esposizione di Venezia (Bergamo: Istituto Italiano d’Arti Grafijiche, 1907), p. 44.
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    The hall of “L’Arte del Sogno” at the Palazzo dell’Esposizione, Venezia, 1907. Reproduced from G. Romanelli, Ottant’anni di allestimenti alla Biennale (Venezia: Archivio storico delle arti contemporanee, 1977), p. 65.

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