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Sjeng Scheijen

Sjeng Scheijen (b. 1972) is a Slavist and a specialist on Russian art. He was cultural attaché at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow (2007-2009), and artistic director of the year Russia - Netherlands in 2012. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed biography Diaghilev, A Life (translated into English by Jane Hedley-Prole and Steve Leinbach) which was published in six languages and hailed almost unanimously as the definitive life of Diaghilev. It sold more than 45,000 copies.

Sergei Diaghilev

Sergei Diaghilev

A life for the arts

(Bert Bakker, 2008, 400 pages)

As founder of the exotic Ballets Russes in 1909 and father of modern dance theatre, Sergei Diaghilev has gained legendary status as one of the most influential artistic pioneers of the twentieth century. In this comprehensive biography Sjeng Scheyen sheds fresh light on his life and achievements, peeling away the shrouds of myth that surround him.

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The Avant-Gardists

The Avant-Gardists

The Russian Revolution in Art, 1917-1935

(Prometheus, 2019, 500 pages)

The first book to describe in full the history of the complex relationship between a group of leading avant-garde artists and the Soviet state. Related from the personal perspective of the artists, it is part group biography, part cultural history. The result is a quintessentially twentieth-century tale about the rise and fall of a small number of extraordinary talented people trying to navigate the political turmoil of a new state.

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