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Vasily Kandinsky, Blue Mountain, 1908–9Oil on canvas, 283.87 x 245.16 cm.Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding CollectionGift, Solomon R. Guggenheim 41.505© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, ParisPhoto courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Vasily Kandinsky, Blue Mountain, 19089
Oil on canvas, 283.87 x 245.16 cm.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection
Gift, Solomon R. Guggenheim 41.505
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Photo courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
PARIS  •  Centre Pompidou  •  Ongoing
This large retrospective of the work of one of the major figures of the 20th century, Vassili Kandinsky, is proposed jointly with the Centre Pompidou, the Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus of Munich and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, who possess the most important collections of the artist's work. The exhibition brings together about 100 paintings completed by Kandinsky, notably the Impressions and the Improvisations. It revisits the perception of the painter, born in Moscow under the Tsar in 1866, who died a French citizen in Neuilly-sur Seine in 1944. During his life, he experienced first-hand two formative periods in the development of the 20th century: The Blue Rider School in Munich before the first World War and the Bauhaus in Weimar and in Dessau between the wars. The conclusion of the carefully thought-out catalogue of his work, the recent discoveries in Russia, allow us to restore the whole of a pictorial work which goes far beyond the overly narrow posthumous concept of his work of him as "inventor of abstraction". The Parisian presentation also highlights the constant enrichments to his work such as watercolors and exceptional manuscripts form the "Russian" period (1914-1917) and a Bauhaus portfolio for his 60th birthday in 1926. There are also elements given to the Centre Pompidou by individuals and the Kandinsky Society, which was run my Mrs. Mme Georges Pompidou until her death and is currently run by Mr. Edouard Balladur.

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