Full scale retrospective

Presented to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum, this full-scale retrospective of Kandinsky’s oeuvre is the first in the United States since 1985, when the Guggenheim completed its trio of groundbreaking exhibitions on the artist’s life and work in Munich, Russia, and Paris.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States.
From Friday 18 September 2009 to Sunday 10 January 2010

Composition 8 (Komposition 8), July 1923 image

Published by Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, NY on Monday 27 April 2009.
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No other artist epitomizes the character of the Guggenheim quite like Vasily Kandinsky—his history is closely entwined with the history of the museum and his work has been collected in-depth for the museum’s permanent collection since its founding. This presentation of more than 100 paintings brings together works from the three partner institutions that own the greatest concentration of the artist’s work in the world: the Guggenheim, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich—as well as significant loans from private and public holdings.

Kandinsky offers a chronological survey of the artist’s work through a selection of his most important canvases, including examples from his series of Improvisations, Impressions and Compositions, and presents a reexamination of the geographically and time-based periods traditionally applied to his work. The unprecedented collaborative efforts of the Guggenheim, Pompidou, and Lenbachhaus have brought together works that rarely travel and offer new contexts and comparisons for those works that have been apart.

The exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator for Exhibitions and Collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.