Pictures at an Exhibition is a multimedia performance based on original drawings and designs by Vasily Kandinsky and performed by celebrated Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy. This unique project premiered in Cité de la Musique in Paris and has been performed around the world, including MOMA in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Rudy unearthed Kandinsky's original designs for a 1928 theatrical staging of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and has updated the artist's work for a modern audience. Joining forces with an expert animation company, he breathes new life into Kandinsky and also into Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka. This special piano recital with film features the works of Kandinsky and puppetry from the award-winning Little Angel Theatre Company.
‘Looking at Kandinsky's preliminary watercolour sketches for the sets in a book, I found myself wanting to bring it to life again. I came up with the idea of creating a video adaptation based on Kandinsky's original watercolours and stage instructions. The eyes of today are different from those of 1928. Video seemed the most appropriate way to achieve the idea of ‘Total Art’ and to find a new interpretation of Kandinsky's desire to introduce the concept of time into painting.’ (Mikhail Rudy)
Watch Mikhail Rudy in action at the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0zpQn0CDWk