Painting the Stage FABRE - LIMITED EDITION


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Painting the Stage FABRE - LIMITED EDITION
Painting the Stage FABRE - LIMITED EDITION

4 luxury versions, embodied into a wood sculpture by archistar Mario Botta, enriched by three numbered prints numbered and signed by William Kentridge, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and Jan Fabre.
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Denise Poray-Wendel takes us into the uncharted territory of the intertwining of visual and musical arts. Painting the Stage first examines more than 200 years of opera stage design, unravelling this rich historical tale through more than 250 illustrations, interviews, and accurate reconstructions. The most complete resource book yet on the subject, it will be of great interest to those in the fields of art as well as opera.
The exquisite wooden sculpture created and signed by archistar Mario Botta, functions like a proscenium theatre framing each one of the numbered prints created exclusively for this publication by the artists William Kentridge, the Kabakovs, and Jan Fabre. A luxury cloth-covered copy of Denise Wendel-Poray’s Painting the Stage is hidden in a sliding drawer in the back.
There are four separate and distinct versions of this limited edition, with special woods for each: an ash wood sculpture for the two William Kentridge sugar lift aquatints, walnut for the print by the Kabakovs, and durmast for that of Jan Fabre.
Mario Botta designed the box exclusively for the project, and Riva1920 made them. All the prints have been numbered and signed by the artists. Each print is related to an opera production that was designed by the artist and that is discussed in detail in a chapter of Painting the Stage.
Painting the Stage FABRE
60 Durmast Sculpture with a print signed and numbered from 1 to 60 by FABRE
Helm van Tannhäuser
Fabre’s staging of Richard Wagner’s opera, Tannhäuser in 2004, shows the artist’s interest in the complexity of the human nature, focusing on the eternal battle between spiritual and physical love. The print produced by the Paris based master printer Michael Woolworth accurately duplicates the splendid watercolours and pencil lines of the original drawing. According to Jan Fabre, his preparatory drawings for theatre productions: ‘function as a think chamber where I isolate myself to create my new universe’.
Botta Durmast Sculpture 40 x 40 x 15 cm – Print 29 x 34 cm

Denise Wendel-Poray is a Canadian writer, journalist and curator holding degrees from the Universities of Yale and McGill. She is the author of books and essays concerning the relationship between art, theatre and music. (Frauen-liebe und Leben, Hatje-Cantz, 2013; Painting the Stage, Skira, 2019). She has been guest curator Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg Germany (2010-2012); at the Rupertinum Museum in Salzburg (William Kentridge Works for Theatre 2017); Sammlung Friedrichshof Zurndorf, Austria (Wahlverwandtschaften 2018); RX Galerie Marais Paris (Hermann Nitsch Paintings Only 2018); Galerie Éric Dupont Paris (Howard Hodgkin 2015, Sandro Kopp Take Time 2016, Otto Muehl 2018). As a journalist she writes for Opera Canada Magazine, ArtPress, Quotidien de l'art, and the Wiener Kurier.
Mario Botta (Mendrisio, 1943) is one of the most famous and appreciated architects in the world. His work encompasses many building types including schools, banks, administration buildings, libraries, museums and sacred buildings Since the beginning of his career, his work has been recognized internationally and honored with prestigious awards, among others: the Premio Europeo per la Cultura in 1995; the Merit Award for Excellence in Design by the AIA in 1996 for the San Francisco Museum of modern Art (MOMA) together with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc; Chevalier dans l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur in 1999. His astonishing design of the new Teatro alla Scala, Milano, 2002-2004, made him particularly apt to design the wooden theatre for Painting the Stage.
Jan Fabre (Antwerp, 1958) is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist known for his performances, sculpture, theater design, and drawings. He is the first living contemporary artist to have exhibited at the Louvre, and to have been invited to hold a solo show at the State Heritage Museum in Saint Petersburg. Today, his works are in the collections of the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, and the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede, among others. His work as a theatre director has resulted in ground-breaking productions such as Power of Theatrical Madness (1984, reprise 2012) up to the Mount Olympus.To glorify the cult of tragedy, a 24 hour performance, which premiered in 2015 and is still touring.
Dimensions18.5 x 25cm
Colour illustrations326
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