‘Wassily Kandinsky. Dalla Russia all’Europa’

‘Wassily Kandinsky. Dalla Russia all’Europa’.

Another  great exhibition in Pisa at the “Palazzo Blu” up to February the third, 2013,  after the cycle devoted to outstanding  20th century artists such as  Chagall , Mirò  and Picasso. Fifty works from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, various Russian public institutions, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and private collections.  Cosimo Bracci Torsi, President of the” Fondazione Palazzo Blu”, stated in his  briefing to the press  the main guidelines  of this exhibition,  that is, the aim of  exploring, as far as painting is concerned, the birth of abstractionism as one  of the most revolutionary features of modernism. Colour, line and space have  set up a  new language which aims at expressing  the inner reality of the artist  beyond any  figurative and descriptive perspective. The exhibition  presents the works of Wassily Wassilyevich  Kandisky from the beginning of the past  century until its early twenties. The visitor  immediately approaches  the opening section devoted to the fascinating conceptual roots of  Russian folklore  and shamanism,  visually represented by the colourful objects, collected  by the young Kandinsky when a student of  anthropology. From his early symbolist paintings, pictorially translating the beloved Russian milieu, one passes  to the works of the period of the artist’s staying at Murnau, in Germany,  well arranged together with selected paintings by  per la preferenza.

Then his large canvases, witnessing  the artist’s function of joining the western vangard of “Der Blaue Reiter” and the major Russian one represented by Mikhail Larionov and Goncharova. Finally the masterpieces of the final period of his Russian stay, when his effort of setting up large museums was violently opposed by supporters of  radical movements.

The year 1922 is a milestone in Kandisky ‘s life, he will definitely abandon Russia to accept Walter Gropius’ invitation to the Bauhaus for  a shared  teaching experience with Paul Klee.

The exhibition offers the visitor Kandisky’s meaningful experiences spanning between  Moscow and Germany, uninfluenced, on the whole, by the contemporary Paris artistic revolution, a sort of voyage through the painter’s main steps across Russian  tales, music and colour which shape up to  progressively  abandon  figurative art.

It is the birth of abstractionism. Kandisky is its theorician in  the masterly use of plain colours , able to visually show the spirit of the artist himself. Art is no longer a mere representation of reality, but something more, which can, through colour,  transcend space and time to get into an   unordinary  dimension, unknown to common perception. He is in this sense  close to the technique of the French  “Fauves”, for the preference to the pure colour, the one directly squeezed from the tube. The original element of the show, as anticipated by the curator Russian Eugenia Petrova, is the basic effort to provide the public  with the cultural context underlying the masterworks. It is a voyage down to  the roots of  Russian tradition to highlight the influences and fascinations of the painter through his interests and passions. The habits and customs of the Russian peasant world rich in  fairy tales and wonderful stories are Kandisky’s anthropological references which together with Wagner’s and Arnold Schonberg‘s music foreshadow  Kandindsky’s intuition of an art detached from reality, as  well as music.

In the early years of the last century, the  hectic work of the artist through paintings, watercolors, drawings, builds up the grammar  of a new artistic movement that has turned upside down the pictorial tradition of the twentieth century.

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