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Collaborative ventures such as that of Wassily Kandinsky and Arnold Schönberg and the Blaue Reiter, prompted experimentation in abstraction and in music, atonality. But this meeting of the arts was never so intensive as on the operatic stage. In Painting the Stage:Artists as Stage Designers, curator and music critic Denise Wendel-Poray first examines historic productions beginning with Karl- Friedrich Schinkel’s iconic stage design for Mozart’s Magic Flute in 1816, before exploring those of the 20th century including Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes with the “World of Art” artists and with avant-garde artists at the Berlin Krolloper and in Russia up until World War II. Directly after the armistice of 1945, famous artists such as André Derain, Balthus, Dali, André Masson and Oskar Kokoschka reopened the theatres amidst ruins, thus ushering in a new era of optimism.The event of pop art, happenings and experimental theatre with the collaboration of artists Robert Indiana, David Hockney, Robert Wilson brought on further developments in the realm of opera. The book concludes with interviews featuring world famous artists such as Anselm Kiefer, William Kentridge, Bill Viola, Robert Longo, Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter and Jan Fabre. These demonstrate how their contribution to the genre is making opera today more than ever, a form of »total art« or »Gesamtkunstwerk« as well as a laboratory of contemporary creation.
Rich, informative, the result of years of research, the publication covers 200 years of stage design for the operatic stage by artists. More than 300 illustrations: preparatory drawings, models, props, paintings, sculpture and production photos, many never published before, give this book an extremely rich visual content.