Paris, Centre Pompidou

This is the biggest retrospective of the Russian artist in 25 years, following key periods of Kandinsky’s career, notably major works from 1907 to 1942. The international exhibition draws from three of the world’s largest public collections (all of which will play host to the exhibition): Paris’s Centre Pompidou, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich and New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim, the exhibition’s next destination.

In 1908, Kandinsky helped found the Neue Künstlervereinigung München (New Artists’ Association), an international group of artists scandalizing contemporary Munich opinion, and developed a voice as an art theorist. In 1911, he published Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art) and the Blaue Reiter Almanac (The Blue Rider Almanac) with Franz Marc in 1912 before returning to Moscow following the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

During the 1920s and 30s, Kandinsky taught basic design, advanced theory and painting classes at Berlin’s Bauhaus. This proved to be a particularly productive period, in which time he produced Komposition 8 and 19 paintings to rival his earlier Improvisations. Following the closure of the Bauhaus by the Nazis, Kandinsky emigrated to France where he spent the rest of his life.

April 8 through August 10, 2009
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
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September 18, 2009 through January 17, 2010
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York 10128