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Wassily Kandinsky and Russia

Wassily Kandinsky and Russia

The artist’s masterpieces selected from the central pictorial collections of the country will be exhibited in the Russian Museum from the 22nd of September up to the 21st of November, 2016.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) is an influential Russian painter and art theorist, an early champion of abstractionism. The artist’s masterpieces will be presented on the exhibition at the Russian Museum with a special emphasis made on the national origins of his early figurative works and abstract paintings of 1910-s.

Along with his graphic, painterly works and the author’s porcelain items the exhibition will include the works of Kandinsky’s famous contemporaries: Ivan Bilibin, Elena Polenova, Sergei Malyutin, Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Kazimir Malevich, David Burliuk, Alexey Yawlensky, Marianna Verevkina and others. These artists participated with Kandinsky in the Izdebsky Salons and “The Blue Rider” artistic group and developed principles of symbolism, modern art and expressionism in the beginning of the 20th century.

Wassily Kandinsky and Russia

The exposition will also include the examples of traditional Russian folk art (distaffs, birch bark boxes, embroidered towels, toys, carved wooden items). Young Kandinsky adored the bright colours and design of these items and so they had largely influenced the stylistic and ideology of his art.

The exhibition is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the artist. The masterpieces are selected from the collection of the State Russian Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Hermitage and other pictorial collections.