Child’s play?

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The film director Baz Luhrmann is not known for his restraint—and, true to form, the man behind the films “The Great Gatsby” and “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” has curated one of the showier stands at Art Basel Miami Beach. Along with Nellee Hooper, Luhrmann has dressed up Galerie Gmurzynska’s space to look like a schoolroom, with a chalkboard at the entrance bearing the show’s title, “A Kid Could Do That!” Luhrmann appropriated the insult to remind people how often great artists are maligned and to encourage them to “not lose their sense of self”, he said during a dinner earlier this week. The booth includes works by Kazimir Malevich and Joan Miró, as well as Luhrmann’s own short film made from old footage of Serge Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballet Russes. This may be a clue to a future creative venture. “Diaghilev has always been my guiding light,” the director says. “Probably one day when I’m old, I’ll do the Diaghilev story.”

From In The Frame
Published online: 06 December 201

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