Apollo
Art Diary

Kandinsky

13 November 2020

While some museums are closed again due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that remain open as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

Wassily Kandinsky is often regarded as the father of abstract painting. This broad-ranging survey (20 November–23 May 2021) charts the development of his style, and reveals the key role played by the Russian artist in a host of other avant-garde movements across Europe – from his early years working alongside the Blaue Reiter group in Munich to his engagement with Surrealism in Paris during the 1930s. The works on display are primarily drawn from the holdings of the Guggenheim foundation; Solomon R. Guggenheim was an avid follower and collector of the Russian artist, acquiring his first Kandinsky in 1929 and meeting the artist at the Dessau Bauhaus the following year. Find out more from the Guggenheim Bilbao’s website.

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Landscape with Factory Chimney (1910), Vasily Kandinsky.

Landscape with Factory Chimney (1910), Vasily Kandinsky. © Vasily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2020

Improvisation 28 (second version) (1912), Vasily Kandinsky.

Improvisation 28 (second version) (1912), Vasily Kandinsky. © Vasily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2020

Small Pleasures (1913), Vasily Kandinsky.

Small Pleasures (1913), Vasily Kandinsky. © Vasily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2020

Dominant Curve (1936), Vasily Kandinsky.

Dominant Curve (1936), Vasily Kandinsky. © Vasily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2020