Fabergé Launches Mir Fabergé
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Fabergé Launches the ‘Mir Fabergé’ Art Journal

Fabergé Launches the ‘Mir Fabergé’ Art Journal
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – June 2011

Fabergé is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Mir Fabergé’, a creative and inspirational art journal centred around the world of Fabergé, past and present. Available exclusively as an iPad app, Mir Fabergé is available from 16 June 2011.

‘Mir Fabergé’ is inspired by ‘Mir Iskusstva’, the influential art journal and movement, founded by Sergei Diaghilev, creator of the Ballet Russes, and his circle of artist friends, from Leon Bakst to Coco Chanel, at the centre of Russia’s Silver Age, a flowering of artistry and intellect at the turn of the 20th century. Mir Iskusstva sought a reinvigoration and synthesis of the arts, be it literature, music, art or poetry. Included in its eclectic pages - encompassing both noble and peasant culture - were features on the masterworks of Peter Carl Fabergé, artist-goldsmith and court jeweller to Russia’s Imperial Family, the Romanovs.

In a parallel synthesis of the arts, so relevant again today, Mir Fabergé brings together contemporary artists from a variety of creative disciplines: photographers, directors, film makers, actors, dancers, artists, illustrators, composers, writers, costume designers and Fabergé experts. Mir Fabergé is a collection of six stories, related in film, photography, painting, illustrations, music and words, weaving past and present, and based on Fabergé’s legacy, on tales and anecdotes from Peter Carl Fabergé’s own world, his clients and acquaintances, from ballet legend Vaslav Nijinsky to the Princess Murat, and featuring both original Fabergé objects and jewels from contemporary Fabergé High Jewellery Collections. The Mir Fabergé stories include:

  • ‘Nijinsky and the Diamonds’: a revealing tale of the ‘Dieu de la Danse’ brought to life in a photo narrative, by photographer Valery Katsuba, performed by Grigory Pyatetsky;
  • ‘Solyanka’: illustrations and caricature describing the stunning discovery in the 1990’s of a battered candy-tin full of Fabergé jewels in a Moscow mansion on Solyanka Street, by illustrator Moussa Saleh;
  • ‘Fauve and Fable of Old Russia’: paintings in a strong Fauvist palette that illuminate the long tradition of fable and fairytale in Russia, by artist Athier;
  • ‘Parisian Artisan’: a photographic journey through the creation of contemporary Fabergé jewels in a Parisian atelier, by photographer Fabrice Paget;
  • ‘Ottoman Love Affair’: a short film bringing to life the true story of a secret love affair, charted through a series of Fabergé cigarette cases used to discretely pass the messages of love, directed by Marcus Werner Hed, starring Joana Preiss;
  • ‘Eggs’: the most iconic Fabergé objects, the legendary Imperial Easter eggs, are reinterpreted in sketches and paintings, by artist Emi Avora.

Tatiana Fabergé, great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Fabergé, commented:

“My great grandfather believed in working with people from all the creative fields – from designers and goldsmiths to artists (including miniaturists), from engravers to enamellers to stonecutters and sculptors. His creations would not have been possible without such a philosophy. All of the world of art both inspired and influenced his creative vision.”