Exhibition of the greatest artistic innovator
and theorist of painting Wassily Kandinsky
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia
November 4, 2023
About artist
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter and art theorist who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of abstract art. He was born on December 16, 1866, in Moscow, Russia, and his innovative works played a significant role in the development of 20th-century art.
Kandinsky began his artistic career as a lawyer and economist but eventually decided to  pursue his passion for painting. He moved to Munich, Germany, in 1896 to study art, where he became associated with the influential art movement known as the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter). This movement focused on expressing spiritual and symbolic elements through abstract forms.
Kandinsky’s early works were influenced by Impressionism and Post-impressionism, but  he later rejected representational art in favor of non-objective, abstract painting. He believed that art should evoke emotions and speak directly to the soul, free from the  limitations of depicting the visible world.
His paintings often featured vibrant colors, geometric shapes, and dynamic compositions. He explored the messuch as spirituality, music, and the relationship between color and form.
In addition to his artistic practice, Kandinsky was also a prominent art theorist. He wrote several influential books, including "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" and "Point and Line to Plane," which discussed his ideas on the importance of abstraction and the expressive power of color and form.
His contributions to modern art and abstract expressionism have left a lasting impact, and he is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
Kandinsky’s paintings are characterized by vibrant colors, geometric shapes, and dynamic compositions. Some of his famous works include "Composition VII," "Yellow-Red-Blue", "Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons)", and "Several Circles".
Painting is a thundering collision of different worlds, intended to create a new world in and from the struggle with one another, a new world which is the work of art.
Wassily Kandinsky
This comprehensive exhibition, curated with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in  New York, draws from the Guggenheim’s rich holdings to reveal Kandinsky’s work in  depth — from his beginnings in Munich, to his return to his birthplace of Moscow with the  outbreak of World War One, followed by the interwar years in Germany where he was an  instructor at the Bauhaus, and his final chapter in Paris.
A new music program explores the relationship between Kandinsky and music, and a specially commissioned artist project by Desmond Lazaro within the exhibition space draws inspiration from the ideas that influenced Kandinsky, to form an immersive and wondrous experience for all ages.
New exhibition
Odessa. Port
Colorful Life
Houses in Munich
Murnau - Untermarkt
Murnau - Landscape with Green House
Improvisation 7
Composition V
Improvisation 28
Sketch for "Composition VII"
Rider. St. George
In Grey
Artist's works
The natural sciences and the Surrealist movement, as well as an abiding interest in Russian and Siberian cultural practices and folklore, informed his organic imagery and prompted recurrent themes of renewaland metamorphosis.
Lenbachhaus Gallery, Munich
Apart from the many private collections, one of the most important public venues to feature Wassily Kandinsky artwork is Munich’s Lenbachhaus Gallery.
Luisenstraße 33, 80 333 München, Germany
Centre Pompidou, Paris
The Musée national d’art moderne at the Centre Pompidou is another great holder of  Wassily Kandinsky artwork.
The Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75 004 Paris, France
The Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Guggenheim Museum of New York holds more than 200 Wasilly Kandinsky artworks, including close to 100 paintings and 60 sketches and lithographs.
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Using their remarkable assembly of Wassily Kandinsky artwork, the largest of its kind in Russia, Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery will continue to organize exhibitions in Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, China and Italy.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Only one of Kandinsky’s artworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York are  currently on view, the 1912 Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II).
Museum of Modern Art, New York
A total of 144 pieces are a part of the MoMA’s collection of Kandinsky’s art, including drawings, intaglios, lithographs, woodcuts, painted pieces.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10 128, United States
The State Tretyakov Gallery
Lavrushinsky Ln, 10, Moscow, 119 017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10 028, United States
The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10 019, United States
Explore current exhibitions featuring Wassily Kandinsky’s works.
Permanent exhibition
Color is a power which directly influences the soul
Wassily Kandinsky
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Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
November 4, 2023
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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