The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward. A mantra that Guggenheim certainly incorporated into a new exhibition about the legendary artist, Vasily Kandinsky.
In “Around the Circle”, Kandinsky’s works of art will be presented in reverse chronological order – starting with his last paintings made in France and rising up to his earliest works made in Munich.
Considered one of the fathers of abstract art, Kandinsky’s work is one of spirituality. After once teaching at the legendary Bauhaus, the artist sought to instill the same mentality in his students – galvanizing them to create work that causes a “vibration in the human soul”, as Kandinsky once wrote in his 1912, Regarding the spiritual in art.
Crossing Guggenheim’s iconic spiral ramp is like visiting another chapter in the artist’s life — a far from linear trajectory that moved around figuration and abstraction — and one that was often shaped by the turbulent socio-political forces that made him constantly to migrate across Europe.
Mapped across a range of watercolors, paintings and woodcuts, “Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle” seems to be one of the greatest retrospectives on the Russian artist to date. The exhibition will be shown at the Guggenheim in New York from October 8 to September 5, 2022.
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