Saint Petersburg, 12th – 19th October 2009


Russian Ethnographic Museum

For the occasion of the Festival dedicated to Sergej Diaghilev, we presented a selection of jewels, created over the course of time. 

The Festival will be held under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and will see the involvement of the most important cultural institutions, including the Hermitage Museum.

Saturday 17th of October, during the Festival’s official reception our exhibition will present a retrospective view from the 1970s to today and will show a selection of jewels created for important films.

A performance entitled “Jewels in Ballet” will open the evening and the etoiles of the Mariinsky Theatre will model some of our artefacts and some of the textile creations by the stylist Aniya.

The Gala Dinner and Dance will follow this event in the splendid Marble Hall of the Ethnographic Museum.

The guest of honour in this festival will be the renowned Italian jeweller Diego Percossi Papi, who has created the most delightful jewels for many famous films. Along with the work of the modern Russian jewellers, his jewels will become part of the exhibition: “Inspired by the Silver Age”.

The main part of the exhibition will display the theatrical costumes of Leon Bakst and Alexander Benois and jewels which belonged to the most important actors of the early 20th century, from the Museum of theatre and Music’s collection. “Inspired by the Silver Age” will open with a sphere at the Museum of Ethnography on the 17th October 2009.