The Rudolf Nureyev Grave

Paris, France

The mosaic project of Rudolf Nureyev’s tomb, located in the Russian cemetery of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois near Paris, is an artistic and commemorative work of great significance. Inaugurated on May 6, 1996, this unique memorial was designed by the renowned set designer Ezio Frigerio, who often collaborated with Nureyev in theatrical productions.

Detail of the decoration in Venetian smalti mosaics and gold leaf

The mosaic reproduces the pattern of one of the oriental kilim carpets so beloved by Nureyev. This design choice reflects Nureyev’s appreciation for these carpets, which he often used during his travels and performances to keep warm. The memorial not only pays tribute to his love for oriental art but also symbolizes his nomadic lifestyle as a world-renowned dancer.

Nureyev photographed in 1992 at Li Galli, Italy, his island home.

The mosaic was created by a team of experts, including architect Stefano Pace and mosaic artist Francesca Fabbri, with contributions from the Akomena studio. The tesserae used were produced by Orsoni Venezia 1888. The color palette includes gold, representing power and grandeur; red, symbolizing blood and life; white, indicating light and purity; and oriental blue, representing death, mourning, and peace.

This project not only commemorates Nureyev’s life and career but also highlights his connection to art and culture, making his resting place a fusion of personal and artistic significance.



Ezio Frigerio


Akomena Studio Ravenna


Akomena Studio Ravenna

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Project book Color Choice