Boris Messerer

Boris Asafovich Messerer (Russian: Бори́с Аса́фович Мессере́р; born March 15, 1933, Moscow) is a Soviet and Russian theater artist,[1] set designer and teacher. President of the association of artists of theater, cinema and television in Moscow.

Boris Messerer
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Boris Asafovich Messerer

(1933-03-15) 15 March 1933 (age 89)
NationalitySoviet, Russian, Jewish
Occupationstage designer, teacher, theater artist
Spouse(s)Nina Chistova (1 child together)
(m. 1974; died 2010)
ChildrenAlexander Messerer
Parent(s)Asaf Messerer (father)
Anel Sudakevich (mother)
RelativesRachel Messerer (aunt)
Sulamith Messerer (aunt)
Maya Plisetskaya (cousin)
Alexander Plisetski (cousin)
Azari Plisetski (cousin)

Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (1997, Corresponding Member of 1990). People's Artist of the Russian Federation (1993). Winner of two State Prizes of the Russian Federation (1995, 2002). Member of the USSR Union of Artists in 1960, Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation and Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation.[2]


He was born to ballet dancer and teacher Asaf Messerer and silent film actress Anel Sudakevich. The ballerina Sulamith Messerer and the actress Rachel Messerer were his paternal aunts. Through his aunt Rachel he was cousin to Maya Plisetskaya, Alexander Plisetski and Azari Plisetski.

He was married twice. From his first wife, Nina Chistova, he had his only child, Alexander Messerer. His son is a painter and he has seven children. His second wife was poet and translator Bella Akhmadulina. They were married from 1974 to her death in 2010. Boris was her fourth husband.



  1. ^ Культу. Ru!
  2. ^ Борис Мессерер. Биография
  3. ^ "Борис Мессерер получит "Хрустальную Турандот" за честь и достоинство". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  4. ^ "Театральный художник Борис Мессерер получил орден". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ Художник Борис Мессерер награждён орденом | Газета. Ru: Новости

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