Kandinsky's retrospective to be represented in Europe

V. Kandinsky. In black square. 1923. Oil on canvas. Guggenheim Museum, New York

On October 25, the Lenbachhaus Munich gallery launched the large international retrospective show of works by Vasily Kandinsky (1866−1944). He influenced the development of art of the 20th century a lot. In April the exhibition will move to the Pompidou Parisian Centre, and in September, 2009 it will be opened in the New York Guggenheim Museum.

The exposition featured the works from collections of three museums which have the largest for today collection of works by Kandinsky. Public will have an opportunity to see 95 pictures by the artist made in 1907 – 1942 which represent all the main periods of his work.

Vasily Kandinsky spent the most part of his life in Europe: in 1907−14 and 1921−33 he lived in Germany, from 1933 − in Paris. In 1896 he left for Munich where he took part in formation of Blue Rider, a famous association of artists-expressionists. From the beginning of the First World War Kandinsky returned to Moscow, and in 1921 he left the native land forever and became the citizen of Germany. In 1922−1933 Kandinsky was a teacher in the higher school of architecture, an applied art and art designing of a constructivist Bauhaus trend. In 1933 after the Nazis came to power he moved to France.

The artist died in 1944. The major part of his works was left to his widow Nina Kandinskaya who stayed in Paris and outlived her husband for 36 years. In 1976 she donated the collection to the Z. Pompidou National centre of art and culture. German Lenbachhaus gallery has the collection of earlier works donated to the museum by the artist Gabriel Munter. She and Kandinsky were engaged in 1903−1916.

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