Wassily Kandinsky : From Russia to Europe

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In Pisa, the BLU Palazzo d’Arte e Cultura will host the exhibit, Wassily Kandinsky: Dalla Russia all’Europa, from October 13, 2012, to February 3, 2013. Fifty works by the Russian master will be on display, drawn from the collections of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and several other notable Russian art institutions.

The Florence Newspaper writes: “The exhibition will present a side of Kandinsky that has never before been explored in Italy, illustrating it with fifty works from his period spent in Russia, dateable from 1901 to 1922. In this year he was forced to flee Soviet Russia forever – despite having supported it in the early years of the revolution – to take up an invitation from Walter Gropius to share a chair at the Bauhaus with Paul Klee.

WASSILY KANDINSKY. From Russia to Europe, at the BLU Palazzo d’Arte e Cultura from ikono tv.

It was at the end of the nineteenth century when Kandinsky decided to devote all his attentions to his painting. While studying law, he had focused in particular on analyzing the foundations of law in the Russian countryside, among the far-flung populations of Vologda, in Siberia. What he had probably never expected to bring back from that trip was the impression made on him by the rich decorations of the peasants’ log cabins (known locally as izbe), whose bright colours made him feel he was “living inside a painting”, as he later reported.

Kandinsky’s youthful experiences can be ascribed to a current of thought that developed throughout the nineteenth century in Russia, nurtured by the repercussions to Napoleon’s invasion and the destruction of Moscow. This current studied the primitive, folklore culture of the country’s peasantry, in search of the roots of an original Russian civilization presumed to have survived intact. The fabled, esoteric world, which saw itself as a counterbalance to western European rationalism, was populated by the fairytales and folksongs that had been handed down by word of mouth since the Middle Ages and then revived in the literature of Pushkin and Dostoevsky and the music first of Rimsky Korsakov, then of other early twentieth-century Russian composers, from Mussorgsky to Scriabin and Stravinsky.”

Read the whole story iat The Florence Newspaper.