Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

The stylistic development of the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, who is generally credited as a pioneer in abstract art, has evolved in accordance with the places and communities in which he became involved. This development of the artist can be seen at the New York Guggenheim Museum with a large show that unfolds the artist’s work in reverse chronological order, beginning with his late paintings to the former.

On a scale rare outside of Europe, more than 80 works by the artist, who also spent a lot of time in France and Germany, are displayed in the museum’s iconic ascending rotunda as part of “Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle.” “His was not a fixed path from representation to abstraction, but rather a circular passage that crosses persistent themes centered around the pursuit of a dominant ideal: the impulse to spiritual expression,” the curators say.

The New York Guggenheim Museum has filled the walls of the famous upward spiral with more than 80 works by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.  (DPA photo)
The New York Guggenheim Museum has filled the walls of the famous upward spiral with more than 80 works by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. (DPA photo)

While the first chapter of the exhibition shows the artist’s time in France, visitors later see the paintings from his decade of teaching at the progressive German school Bauhaus. The last section brings us to his earliest paintings made while living in Munich.

The exhibition’s paintings, watercolors and woodcuts show how Kandinsky reacted to his environment and developed new ways of exploring the spiritual in art. “Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle” will be shown until September 5, 2022.

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