The Milwaukee Art Museum is to present “Kandinsky: A Retrospective” from 6 June to 1 September 2014, organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which owns a large number of the artist’s works.
The Communications Director of the Centre Pompidou told Art Media Agency that “the curators, Angela Lampe and Brady Roberts, have borrowed more than eighty Kandinsky works from the French museum.”
The centre piece of the exhibition will be the extraordinary reconstruction of the “salon de réception Kandinsky” (Kandinsky lounge), created in 1922 for the Juryfreie Kunstschau in Berlin.
These large scale mural panels were reconstructed in 1977, under the supervision of the artist’s widow, Nina Kandinsky, for the opening of the Centre Pompidou. On display for the first time in the United States, the room — comprised of large painted panels — immerses the spectator in the abstract aesthetic created by the artist.
The exhibition follows Kandinsky’s trajectory over several decades and is divided into four chronological sections: “Munich” (1896-1914), “Return to Russia” (1914-1921), “The Bauhaus Years” (1921-1933) and “Paris” (1933-1944).
The Communications Director of the Centre Pompidou adds: “The Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition also highlights the works of Gabrielle Munter; overall, it is an intimate retrospective of one of the greatest modern artistic adventures on display to the American public.”