Exhibition "Romance between Ballet and Art by Leo Stopfer"

Exhibition "Romance between Ballet and Art by Leo Stopfer"

Romance between Ballet and Art by Leo Stopfer


In partnership with the celebrated Austrian artist Leo Stopfer, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga has proudly unveiled an exhibition where showcased art delves into the deep connection between celebrated ballerinas and the expressive world of paint.

Leo Stopfer, celebrated globally for his exquisite portrayal of ballet stars, places the aesthetics and grace of classical ballet, as well as the plasticity of the human form, at the forefront of his artistic vision. His unique approach breathes life into the inherent beauty and grace of the art of ballet.

Fascinated by the beauty of classical dance, he made ballet one of the main motifs of his art, cooperating with many outstanding dancers for many years. His models include prominent figures from the world baller scene, such as Italian dancer Alessandra Ferri (a former Principal of The Royal Ballet), Evgenia Obraztsova (Bolshoi Theatre), Olga Smirnova (The Dutch National Ballet), Vladimir Malakhov (State Ballet of Berlin), Maria Abashova (Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman), Maria Yakovleva (Vienna State Ballet), Julie Kent (ABT New York) and others who have graced Leo Stopfer's canvases. This exclusive exhibition showcases his works, created in collaboration with these ballet luminaries, providing a rare glimpse into the intimate world of backstage and studios across renowned theatres and opera houses in Paris, London, Vienna, Monaco, Berlin, and Moscow.

It is also noteworthy that Leo Stopfer was the first artist to receive the honor of being invited by the KLIMT VILLA in 2017 to work in the original studio where the great master Klimt lived and worked. The result of this work was dozens of drawings and a large number of women’s portraits united under the title “meine Musen / my muses”. This series of works was presented at the personal exhibition of Leo Stopfer in the KLIMT VILLA Vienna in May 2018. 

The showcased paintings, capturing Leo Stopfer's extraordinary vision, will be available for purchase at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga until the end of August 2024. This unique opportunity allows art enthusiasts to bring a piece of Leo Stopfer's artistry into their own collections.

If you would like to learn more about Leo Stopfer and his artwork, please visit www.leostopfer.com.