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Prince Igor Imaginary Portraits (Book)

Item# 10059700

Prince Igor Imaginary Portraits (Book)
Conceived by Dodie Kazanjian, Director of Gallery Met
Translated by Vladimir Nabakov

Published in conjunction with the art exhibition Prince Igor Imaginary Portraits, this book combines images from the exhibition with Vladimir Nabokov’s 1960 translation of “The Song of Igor’s Campaign,” the epic poem that Borodin used as the basis for the opera Prince Igor.

The exhibition was conceived by Dodie Kazanjian, Director of Gallery Met, who comments “Prince Igor is based on a real figure from the 12th century, and we don’t really know what he looked like…The show is a rich mixture of materials and styles, and I’m enormously gratified by the unpredictable responses of these gifted artists.”

Contributing artists include: Kristin Baker, John Baldessari, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Francesco Clemente, Peter Doig, Rachel Feinstein, Ryan Johnson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Alex Katz, Thomas Lawson, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Peter Saul, Peter Schlesinger, Dana Schutz, Dasha Shishkin, Sophie von Hellermann, Charline von Heyl, and Michael Williams, as well as fashion designer Thom Browne, New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl, and architect David Adjaye.

The Prince Igor Imaginary Portraits exhibition was on view in the Metropolitan Opera’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery Met from January 31 through May 10, 2014.

  • Limited edition of 800
  • Clothbound Hardcover: 88 pages, with 28 color illustrations
  • Publisher: Karma (2013)
  • Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.25 inches (14.6 x 19 cm)

Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor

A defining work of the Russian repertoire, Prince Igor is best known in the West for its Polovtsian Dances. Borodin worked on the score for almost 20 years but left it unfinished at the time of his death. The opera was first heard in St. Petersburg in 1890 in a version edited and completed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov. It had its U.S. premiere at the Met in 1915 but remained in the repertoire for only three seasons. After almost a century, Prince Igor returns to the Met stage in 2013–14 in a new production directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov.


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