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Production designer
 
Born 1870, Russia
 
Died 1960

Alexandre BENOIS

Александр БЕНУА
Alexandre BENOIS

Filmography (extracts)
 
Production designer
1927 - Napoleon (Наполеон) by Abel GANCE [fiction, 313 mn]
 
Sites : www.artonline.ru/encyclopedia/066, fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre_Benois, bibliotekar.ru/kBenua/index.htm

Biography
Alexandr Nikolaevich Benois was born May 4, 1870 in St. Petersburg, Russia into the family of Italian, Russian and French ancestry. His father, named Nikolai Leontievich Benois was the famous architect of the Imperial Mariinsky Opera House in St. Petersburg. […]
Alexandr Benois studied art at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, then he studied law and graduated from the Law Department of the St. Petersburg University. […]
In 1899-1907 Benois collaborated with Sergei Diaghilev on a number of art shows. They produced the first international art show of artists from Scandinavian countries and Russia in St. Petersburg in 1900. The largest portrait show ever was organized in 1904 in Tavrichesky Palace in St. Petersburg. […]
Benois was the scenic director of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre from 1901-1905. He was also the co-founder of the "Seasons Russes" with Sergei Diaghilev in 1909. He made exquisite design for the ballets "Giselle" by Adolphe Adam, "Petruchka" by Igor Stravinsky and "Les Sylphides" on the music of Frédéric Chopin with choreography by Mikhail Fokin. […]
In 1926, he left Hermitage and Russia for good. His friendship and work with Sergei Diaghilev continued in Paris.
Benois was involved in publications of more than 100 art books and editions. He worked on productions of about 200 ballets and operas all over the world. His international background and inter-disciplinary education enabled him to create the unparalleled grand-scale cross-cultural and cross-genre project of the "Seasons Russes" together with Sergei Diaghilev. Benois' contribution as an artist, designer, director, producer, and an art historian made significant impact on theatre, opera, ballet, art, and art publishing of the 20th century. His comprehensive 'Memoirs' were published in 1955. He died on February 9, 1960 in Paris, and was laid to rest in Cimetiere des Batignolles, 8 Rue Saint-Just, Paris, France.
Source : Steve Shelokhonov
 
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