Kandinsky’s Russia at the St Petersburg State Museum

Composition #224 (On white), Wassily Kandinsky, 1920 (Photo credit: Maria Michela D'Alessandro)

Russian folk art mixes with abstract

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, the St Petersburg’s State Russian Museum presents the first exhibition dedicated to the national origins of Russia through figurative and abstract paintings of the 1910s.

Numerous exhibitions around the world organise and dedicate exhibitions to Kandinsky, but oddly not in Russia, at least since the first complex in 1989. That is why Wassily Kandinsky and Russia aim to not only be a unique occasion for Russian visitors, but also an in-depth peak into the Russian artist’s work. The 150 artworks have been selected from 14 art museums from St Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities.

The exhibition includes some of Kandinsky’s most famous and well-known paintings, including themes outside of Russia such as Composition VI, St George II and Blue Crest. His works of traditional Russian folk art are also highlighted in the exhibition. These works were inspired by his time in Vologda Guberniya, an administrative division of the former Russian Empire.

Subsequent works by Kandinsky’s Russian and German contemporaries are on display near the originals to explore the depth of the so-called avant-garde.

Event: Wassily Kandinsky and Russia
When: 22 September – 4 December
Where: Benois Wing, The State Russian Museum. 2 Neberezhnaya kanala Griboyedova, St Petersburg, 191186
Price: Adult 450 roubles, Students 200 roubles.

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