4749 - 20170129 - FRANCE - GRENOBLE - Kandinsky - Les années parisiennes (1933-1944) - 29.10.2016-29.01.2017


Ensemble multicolore, 1938. Musee national d'art moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou.

Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), the inventor of abstract art, is one of the most important figures in modern art. Until 29 January 2017, the Musée de Grenoble is holding an exhibition devoted to the final decade of the artist’s life (1933-1944), generally referred to as “The Paris period”. As the first show in France since 1972 to be devoted specifically to this last phase of Kandinsky’s oeuvre, as part of a partnership with the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou, the museum is enjoying the loan of an outstanding selection of works, rounded off by pictures coming from other great international institutions.
Taking refuge in Paris after leaving Germany in 1933, when the Nazis had just closed the Bauhaus school, where he had been teaching since 1922, Kandinsky set up home, with his wife Nina, in an apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine. This is where he would develop a thoroughly original style, combining the geometric vocabulary of the Bauhaus years with random and undulating compositions from the previous decade. What is more, influenced by his readings of scientific books about the evolution of life, a whole repertory of biomorphic motifs hailing from the world of cells and embryology began to fill his works and lend a very special flavour to this latter-day style.

This period in the artist’s life, which remains the least well-known to the general public, enhanced by Kandinsky’s exchanges with the artistic circles of Paris, his heightened interest in the sciences, and a keener form of spirituality, was gradually marked by a sense of exile which deeply affected his art. It is the interaction between these differing factors that this exhibition intends to shed light on. To do so, thanks to a precise selection of paintings and drawings, every year of this final decade will be represented. This chronological path, sprinkled with all the biographical facts which stake it out - meetings, exhibition, and more specifically from the outbreak of World War II on, turned a political exile - his flight from Nazism—into an inner exile, informed by all sorts of both artistic and autobiographical reminiscences.

Musée de Grenoble - Kandinsky - Les années parisiennes (1933-1944) - 29.10.2016-29.01.2017