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Picasso at La Scala

by Vittoria Crespi Morbio.
Essay by Vittoria Crespi Morbio, Maschere per Picasso / Masks for Picasso.
Appendices: biographical notice; chronology of stage designs.
Collection «Performing Artists at La Scala».
Amici della Scala – Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin 2004.
Italian edition, pp.75.

Omnivore and overflowing genius, Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881–Mougins 1973) left his mark on every artistic field he touched: he ventured into the theatre during the legendary period of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and with his Neoclassical poetics created images to match the music of Stravinsky or De Falla. Pulcinella and Il cappello a tre punte, the two ballets with sets and costumes by Picasso in the repertory of La Scala, give us the opportunity to analyse the artist’s passion for Italy, his relations with the choreographer Massine and Stravinsky, the “Cubist musician.”.