Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Wassily Kandinsky is often credited with creating the first purely non-objective painting. Featuring over 80 paintings, watercolors, drawings and a reconstituted mural, this exhibition celebrates some of the most significant aspects of the artist’s oeuvre. Beginning with his early paintings influenced by symbolists such as Edvard Munch, Russian folk painting and Fauvism, the exhibition also includes works Kandinsky created while part of the Munich-based group, der Blaue Reiter, which greatly influenced his stylistic shift toward pure abstraction. The exhibition also surveys the artist’s work during his time in Russia through World War I and after the October Revolution, the time he spent at the Bauhaus in Germany, and concludes with late works he created in Paris. Drawing extensively from the collection of Kandinsky’s works from Paris’s Centre Pompidou, which were donated by Kandinsky’s widow, the exhibition will also feature an additional selection of works by other der Blaue Reiter artists from the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, providing a context through which viewers can appreciate Kandinsky’s significance. Kandinsky: A Retrospective is organized by the Centre Pompidou—Paris and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Platinum Sponsor: The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and TriStar Health Silver Sponsors: Anne and Joe Russell Hospitality Sponsor: Union Station Hotel This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
September 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015
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