Leon Bakst Collection
Evergreen House, a Johns Hopkins University historic house museum located at 4545 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, has received a $46,000 award from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation for the conservation and exhibition of the museum's collection of works by Russian artist Léon Bakst. The award will also fund a publication about the Bakst collection at Evergreen.
Bakst's connection to Evergreen House began during his tenure as a stage set and costume designer for the Ballets Russes under Sergei Diaghilev. While in Paris between 1914 and 1917, Bakst met Ambassador John Work Garrett and his wife, Alice Warder Garrett. In 1922, the Garretts invited Bakst to visit Evergreen to design its theater, costumes and three stage sets. The Bakst works in Evergreen's collection were collected by or made especially for Alice Warder Garrett, including three stage sets, stencils designed to create the theater decorations, textiles and costume drawings.
The von Hess Foundation award, along with a Heritage Preservation Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, supports the conservation of the Bakst collection at Evergreen and the exhibition A Russian's Winter in Baltimore: Léon Bakst at Evergreen, 1922-23. Part of Baltimore's VIVAT! St. Petersburg celebration, a citywide arts festival commemorating the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg, the exhibit features the newly conserved Bakst stage set "Chansons Orientales," on display for the first time in 70 years.
A Russian's Winter in Baltimore opens Feb. 9 and runs through May 25. A free opening reception for the public will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. After opening night, admission to the exhibit is $3. For more information on the award and the exhibit, call 410-516-0341, or visit http://www.jhu.edu/historichouses.
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