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

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Based on previously unpublished archive material, the text details the troubled organization of the Russian Hall commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for the Venice Biennale of Fine Arts in 1907.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.

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    See Eduardo Ximenes, “La VII Esposizione Internazionale d’arte della città di Venezia,” L’Illustrazione italiana, 24, 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 Scheijen, Diaghilev, A Life (London: Profile Books, 2009), p. 146.

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