Exhibition Charts Birth of Abstraction, Evolution of Work that Extends Beyond Easel Painting
NEW YORK (August 2, 2013) – From October 3, 2013, to February 10, 2014, Neue Galerie New York will present Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925, an exhibition of masterworks that explores the development of Kandinsky’s art over a crucial period of time: from the Blaue Reiter period into the pure abstraction and total environments of his Bauhaus years.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925 is supported by a generous grant from A. Lange & Söhne.
Connecting art, music, and theater, this gathering of loans from private and public collections traces the evolution of Kandinsky’s concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art. Key works by Kandinsky’s artistic peers, including Albert Bloch, Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee, August Macke, Franz Marc, László Moholy-Nagy, Gabriele Münter, and Marianne von Werefkin will also be on display.
The exhibition is curated by the art historian Dr. Jill Lloyd, who is also responsible for important earlier Neue Galerie exhibitions such as Christian Schad and the Neue Sachlichkeit, Van Gogh and Expressionism, and Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity.
Over 80 works comprise this exhibition, including large-scale paintings, rare drawings, and decorative objects. These are drawn from the permanent collection of the Neue Galerie, and augmented by major loans from The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Fondation Beyeler, Walker Art Center, and Centre Georges Pompidou. Central to this exhibition is a gallery devoted to a reconstruction of Kandinsky’s murals for the Juryfreie Kunstschau (Jury-Free Art Show) held in Berlin in 1922, a utopian project designed by Kandinsky and executed by his Bauhaus students. Other notable works in the exhibition include the large-scale paintings Composition V (1911), Fugue (1914), and the four wall paintings for Edwin Campbell’s New York apartment (1914).
A fully illustrated catalogue, published by Hatje Cantz, will accompany the exhibition.