The Mir Fabergé launch exhibition, directed by Claire Fouché, showcased the extensive artwork from the first Mir Fabergé Art Journal for Fabergé. Each of the Fine Rooms brought to life a different Fabergé story, originating from Fabergé's fascinating archives, to create rich experiences in visual art and specially created installations, combined with film and live performances of music and ballet.
A living couture creation inspired by the famous 'Firebird' fairytale was created by designer Alexis Barrell and modelled by Fabergé's Russian high jewellery designer Natalia Shugaeva. Natalia perched at an 18th century writing bureau as she painted jewellery designs inspired by the Firebird and his long flaming feathers, to a live violin recital of Igor Stravinsky's composition of the score for the Firebird ballet. Stravinky's score was for the Ballets Russes production of the Firebird ballet, premiered in Paris in 1910. The Ballets Russes was the later day expression of the 'Mir Iskusstva' artist group (Russian for World of Art).
The contemporary Mir Fabergé artists took inspiration from the international Mir Iskusstva group exhibitions of the 1900s in Paris, inviting Russian artist Igor Vishnayakov to exhibit at the the RA show - reviving the collaborative tradition of the Mir Iskusstva group - that invited various artists to exhibit alongside their Paris shows, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt and Mikhail Larionov .