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Kandinsky: A Retrospective

Exclusive Member Preview

Wednesday, June 4, 10 AM–10 PM

Enjoy a special, Members-only preview of the exhibition Kandinsky: A Retrospective with lectures from Chief Curator Brady Roberts, docent-led tours, and free audio guides.

To create a work of art is to create the world.

—Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky: A Retrospective celebrates the work of Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), a master of modern art, and showcases the amazing collection of paintings and other works from the Centre Pompidou, Paris. This must-see exhibition traces the development of this extraordinary and inventive artist, from his early figurative works to his most modern pieces. Alive with color—and rhythmic, almost like music—Kandinsky’s distinctive, abstract style made him one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

This exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Associated Bank, Christie’s, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art, and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944) Yellow-Red-Blue (Gelb-Rot-Blau), 1925 Oil on canvas 50 3/8 × 79 5/16 in. Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’;art moderne, Paris Gift of Mrs. Nina Kandinsky in 1976 AM 1976-856© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/ Philippe Migeat / Dist.RMN-GP© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Wassily Kandinsky, (Russian, 1866–1944), Song (Lied), 1906, Tempera on cardboard, 19 5/16 × 26 in., Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris Bequest of Mrs. Nina Kandinsky in 1981, AM 81-65-87, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/ Georges Meguerditchian / Dist.RMN-GP, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944), Black Grid (Schwarzer Raster), 1922, Oil on canvas, 37 13/16 × 41 3/4 in., Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, Bequest of Mrs. Nina Kandinsky in 1981 AM 81-65-44, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/ Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM / Dist.RMN-GP, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Wassily Kandinsky, (Russian, 1866–1944), Fragment I for Composition VII (Center) (Fragment I zu Komposition VII [Zentrum]), 1913, Oil on canvas, 34 15/16 × 39 7/16 in. Collection Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, M1958.12, Photographer: Larry Sanders, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Wassily Kandinsky, (Russian, 1866–1944), Composition IX, 1936, Oil on canvas, 44 11/16 × 76 3/4 in., Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, Attribution by and Purchase of the State, 1939, JP 890 BIS P, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/ / Dist.RMN-GP, © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris