Kandinsky – Absolut. Abstrakt / Outstanding exhibition in Munich, Germany


Exhibition > 22/02/09

The Lenbachhaus in Munich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in New York are the three museums worldwide that hold the largest collections of works by Wassily Kandinsky. Together these three museums are planning for the fall of 2008 to early 2010 a large joint show on this outstanding modernist artist and founder of abstract painting.

Wassily Kandinsky

Blue Mountain, 1908-09
Oil on canvas, 106 x 96,6 cm
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
© VG-Bild-Kunst, Bonn

This large and ambitious retrospective includes some 95 paintings from all the important periods of Kandinsky’s oeuvre, with the collections of the three participating museums complementing each other perfectly. While the Lenbachhaus can draw on the outstanding collection of works from Kandinsky’s Blue Rider period from 1908 to 1914 donated by Gabriele Münter, the focus of the collection at the Centre Pompidou is on the artist’s output during the Russian Revolution and his Bauhaus years from 1917 to 1933, although it is also in possession of some extraordinary works from the Paris period donated by Nina Kandinsky. Finally, thanks to the purchases made by Solomon R. Guggenheim and Hilla Rebay, the exhibition is also featuring a number of Kandinsky’s late works produced in Paris between 1933 and 1944, together with several of the early Expressionist gems now held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The exhibition is based on an unprecedented number of paintings of great variety from each of the three participating museums. To be able to shed light on the role Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) played as both a pioneer and theorist of abstraction, the participating museums intend to bring together only those major, large-format works that were crucial to his development, and hence to focus the show on some of the very best examples of work he produced when at the height of his powers.

Wassily Kandinsky
Romantic Landscape, 1911
Oil tempera on canvas, 94,3 x 129 cm
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Wassily Kandinsky
Black Grid, 1922
Oil on canvas, 96 x 106 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Wassily Kandinsky
Several Circles, 1926
Oil on canvas, 140,3 x 140,7 cm
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Wassily Kandinsky
Composition IX, 1936
Oil on canvas, 114 x 195 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

In addition to an ideal selection of the best works from the three aforementioned collections, the show also includes some magnificent loans from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Basel, all chosen so as to present Kandinsky’s series of large-format “Impressions,“ “Improvisations,” and “Compositions” as comprehensively as possible.

By bringing together three separate collections never before loaned on such a vast scale, this first—and to date only— collaboration between the world’s three largest Kandinsky museums will provide a unique opportunity to experience the artist’s work more directly and more intensively than ever before, and to review the periods he spent in Moscow, Munich, and Paris, and his collector contacts in America. It will also constitute an unprecedented opportunity for international cooperation between major museums.

Views from the exhibition

Photo: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München
© All rights reserved

The exhibition will be shown in all three participating museums, starting with the Lenbachhaus in Munich (October 25, 2008 – February 22, 2009), followed by the Centre Pompidou in Paris (April – August 2009), and the Guggenheim Museum in New York (September 2009 – January 2010).

    © 2008 LENBACHHAUS / KUNSTBAU, München. All rights reserved


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