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Limited Edition Titian | Metamorphosis, published by Art/Books
This beautiful publication celebrates a unique collaboration between two of London’s greatest cultural institutions. Together The Royal Ballet and the National Gallery commissioned three acclaimed contemporary artists – Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger – to work with international choreographers and composers to create three new ballets inspired by the Titian paintings Diana and Callisto, Diana and Actaeon and The Death of Actaeon. As well as designing all the sets and costumes, the artists also produced new works in response to Titian’s masterpieces for a show at the National Gallery.
The book tells the story of this extraordinary, complex project from conception to stage and gallery. The artists’ notebooks, sketches and other material from the studio are reproduced to show how they evolved their initial ideas into working designs. Numerous views of the dancers’ rehearsals, the creation of the sets and the gallery installations, as well as dozens of unseen photographs of the performances themselves, take the reader behind the scenes to see the many processes and people involved in transforming the artists’ vision into a finished production.
All three creative teams offer their own reflections on the project and on working with very different art forms. An introduction by National Gallery curator and originator of the project, Dr Minna Moore Ede, explains how the collaboration came to fruition and unfolded. A foreword by Dame Monica Mason, outgoing director of The Royal Ballet, completes this stunning volume.
Limited edition of 250 copies
Presented with three original artists’ prints in a clothbound clamshell case, handmade in Italy
Chris Ofili, Design for Backcloth for Diana and Actaeon (Royal Opera House), 2012, archival pigment print on 300gsm Somerset Photo Satin with decal edge, 22.2 x 41.9 cm
Conrad Shawcross, Royal Opera House print, 2012, archival pigment print on 300gsm Somerset Photo Satin, 35.5 x 43 cm
Mark Wallinger, Trespass, 2012, archival pigment print on 300gsm Somerset Photo Satin, 29.7 x 40.8 cm
First 100 copies sold through the ROH Shop online will also recieve a signed copy of the Titian Programme by Monica Mason.
182 pages, including a 6-page foldout
28.0 x 22.5 cm portrait
With over 300 colour illustrations