The exposition includes sketches and photographs, models and stage costumes from more than 20 performances designed by the artist, from the first experiments on the Imperial stage (Richard Wagner's opera "Death of the Gods") to works of recent years for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the troupe of Sol Hurok, the largest American impresario of the XX century. The materials for the ballet "Petrushka" to the music of Igor Stravinsky, the most significant performance in the work of Alexander Benois, for which the artist created both the design and the libretto, are presented in particular detail.
Exhibition “Theater Alexandre Benois. Mania Petrushka ”reveals only one hypostasis of this figure of Russian and European culture. Spectators are presented with the artist's sketches for the performances of the Mariinsky Theater, Ballets Russes by Sergei Diaghilev, the troupe of Ida Rubinstein, the Paris Opera, as well as for the author's productions on the stage of the Moscow Art Theater and the Petrograd Bolshoi Drama Theater - more than a hundred sketches from the collection of the St. Petersburg Museum of Theater and Music art, GMZ "Peterhof", St. Petersburg State Theater Library. A large number of sketches, authentic stage costumes and photographs for the Armida Pavilion and Petrushka give a complete picture of the scenography of the legendary productions. But the main thing is that they clearly demonstrate the enormous importance that these images (especially the figure of Petrushka) had for Alexander Benois throughout his entire creative life.