Vasily Kandinsky Masterworks At Neue Galerie Opens Oct. 3

“Circles within a Circle,” 1923, Vasily Kandinsky, oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950. Photo Credit: The Philadelphia Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY. ©2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

NEW YORK CITY — Opening on October 3, the Neue Galerie New York Museum for German and Austrian Art will present “Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910–1925,” an exhibition of masterworks from the Neue’s collection as well as major loans that explores the development of Kandinsky’s art over a crucial period of time: from the Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) period (Munich, 1910–1914), into the pure abstraction and total environments of his Bauhaus years. “Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus” will remain on view through February 10.

Kandinsky was born December 16, 1866, in Moscow, and died December 13, 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. One of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting, after successful avant-garde exhibitions he founded the influential Munich group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) and began abstract painting. He taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933.

Connecting art, music and theater, this gathering of works from private and public collections traces the evolution of Kandinsky’s concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or the “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 also curated important earlier Neue Galerie exhibitions such as “Christian Schad and the Neue Sachlichkeit,” “Van Gogh and Expressionism” and “Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity.”

More than 80 works comprise the Kandinsky exhibition, including large-scale paintings, rare drawings and decorative objects. These are drawn from the permanent collection of the Neue Galerie, and are 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. The exhibition was 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 catalog, published by Hatje Cantz, will accompany the exhibition. Neue Galerie New York Museum for German and Austrian Art is at 1048 Fifth Avenue. For more information, 212- 628-6200 or

“Murnau: Street with Horse-Drawn Carriage,” Vasily Kandinsky (Moscow, 1866–1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine), oil on cardboard. Neue Galerie New York. This work is part of the collection of Estée Lauder and was made available through the generosity of Estée Lauder. ©2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

 “Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 1,” 1914, Vasily Kandinsky, oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1954. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art /Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY ©2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris.

Design for wall painting B for the Juryfreie Kunstschau, Berlin 1922, Vasily Kandinsky, gouache and white chalk on black paper. Musée national d’art moderne. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. ©2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.


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