Over 80 works by Vassily Kadinsky, on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, are on show at Milano’s Palazzo Reale.
Born in Moscow in 1866, Kandinsky first moved Munich to study art in 1896, but the first world war forced him to return to Russia, where he achieved prestige, but also criticism of a form of expressionism not then appreciated by the younger artists. He returned to Germany in 1921 to take up a teaching position at Gropius’ Bauhaus.
The rise of Nazism and the dissolution of the Bauhaus caused him to move to Paris in 1933. Here his work came under the influence of his friends Jean Arp and Joan Miró. He died in Paris in 1944.
The exhibition offers Kandinsky’s works in chronological order, including such well-known paintings as The Old City (1902), Windmill (1904), Yellow, red, blue (1925). The only exception to the order is the surprise in the first room: the murals executed in Berlin for the Juryfreie Kunstaustellung, painstakingly recreated in 1977 by artist and restorer Jean Vidal from the original sketches.
The exhibition website gives full details of regular opening hours and special opening days, entrance prices for individuals, groups and school groups, and reductions.