Moscow-born painter, poet and art theorist, Wassily Kandinsky, is often considered as one of the founders of abstract art. After studying law, Kandinsky travelled around Europe and found inspiration in the work of avant-garde artists, such as Cezanne, Monet and Matisse.
Journeying through the major artistic phases of his life, from Moscow to Paris, the immersive exhibition is composed of two parts: his early figurative work and abstraction.
To begin your voyage, you’ll be plunged into Kandinsky’s memories from his time in Russia. Influenced by Russian art and traditional imagery, it features themes of Russian folklore and his realistic, partly abstract style, which can be seen in his works, The Colourful Life (1907) and Couple Riding (1906–1907). Following him on his travels through Europe, the exhibition displays a panorama of landscapes, including the famous work Blue Mountain (1908–1909).
The second part of the exhibition explores Kandinsky’s abstraction phase, in which he found inspiration from within, rather than the real world. Witness his use of vibrant lines, colours and forms as his piece Yellow-Red-Blue (1925) is projected on the walls around you. Enveloping the room with his celestial work, Sky Blue (1940), the exhibition finishes with Kandinsky’s time in France, where he took inspiration from surrealism and cubism, alongside dreams and fantastical forms.
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