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4 luxury editions, 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 KENTRIDGE
30 Ash Sculpture with a print signed and numbered from 1 to 30 by KENTRIDGE Alban VERSION
One of the greatest artists and print-makers of our time, William Kentridge has made these two works exclusively for Painting the Stage in his print studio in Johannesburg. In these beautiful portraits, inspired by Alban Berg’s opera Lulu, which he staged first in Amsterdam in 2015, the artist’s magisterial use of blacks and whites allows the viewer to feel the moving, tactile, and emotional genius of his art. One portrays the great Viennese composer Berg. Print run very small, only 30 copies of each.
Botta Ash Sculpture 40 x 40 x 15 cm – Aquatint 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.
William Kentridge (Johannesburg, 1955) is renowned for his ink and charcoal drawings, animated films and sculpture. He has had major exhibitions in international museums including the MoMa, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Jeu de Paume in Paris, among others. He is also renowned as an opera and theatre director with several highly acclaimed productions to his credit including The Magic Flute, (2005); The Nose (2010); Lulu (2015) Wozzeck (2017), which have been toured world-wide. Together with composer Philip Miller he has created a number of politically charged, multi-media theatre performances combining animated drawings, singing, dance: Refuse the Hour (2013), Paper Music (2014) and The Head and the Load (2018).
Dimensions18.5 x 25cm
Colour illustrations326
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