Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, Prague


Edward Gordon Craig was a pioneer of Modern stage craft, whose experimental theatre techniques have shaped live performance today. Space and Light: Edward Gordon Craig is an interactive installation that uses sound, light, projection and drama to engage the audience with Edward Gordon Craig, his life, works and visions. The exhibition features a number of Craig's beautiful woodcuts and engravings, as well as photographs documenting his life.

Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) was a pioneering director, designer, theoretician and print-maker. A controversial figure in his day, Craig’s influence in all his fields of endeavour is now widely recognised. His writings on theatre are seminal, and his advances in that field have shaped performance today. Professor J. Michael Walton (Hull University) describes him as: …one of Britain’s desperately few original and provocative artists whohappened to want to work through the medium of theatre…

Space & Light: Edward Gordon Craig explores Craig’s career, life, and continuing legacy, bringing all three to life for audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with Craig’s story and work. The exhibition has been conceived in two parts. The unit constitutes an immersive experience featuring sound, graphic projection and a core interactive station, intended firstly to engage the visitor with Craig’s thoughts, theories and methods of practise; and secondly to vivify his various working and private relationships with his mother Ellen Terry, Isadora Duncan, Eleonora Duse and Konstantin Stanislavski.

In addition to being a pioneering ‘man of the theatre’ Craig was an accomplished professional print-maker. Craig exhibited his works widely, and his talent was affirmed by the many notable contemporaries who elected to exhibit alongside him, including: Augustus John, William Nicholson, William Rothenstein, Lucien Pissarro, and Robert Gibbings.

Contemporary and critic Haldane McFall noted: “He is a wise man who seeks for woodcuts by Gordon Craig, for they are, amonit the supreme achievements of our time.” Space & Light: Edward Gordon Craig includes a display of 41 woodengravings, wood cuts, etchings and wash drawings by Craig from the V&A’s collections. These demonstrate Craig’s skill in each medium and his application of them to the exploration of space and light, and to the development of his theatrical principles.

This exhibition was at the V&A Theatre and Performance Galleries from 11 September 2010 to 13 March 2011. It was opened at Gallery Jaroslav Fragner, Prague from 27 May to 25 June 2011 as part of the Intersection project.

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