Previews of the new Rudolf Nureyev
exhibit at the de Young Museum.
The exhibit tries, but cannot really succeed in capturing his mercurial, tempestuous talent in a fairly small exhibit of costumes and photographs, many taken from the numerous magazine articles about him.
Reflecting Nureyev's lifelong obsession with the details of fabric, decoration, and stylistic line, the costumes in this exhibition represent every period of his long career. As a meticulous performer, the Russian ballet master demanded costumes that were not only beautiful, but precisely engineered to suit the physical demands of his dance. He also loved sumptuous decoration, and these costumes reflect his highly-refined aesthetic; fantasias of embroidery, jewels, and braid.