“Kandinsky, the Wandering Knight”

Date: 15 March 2017 – 10 July 2017

Vassily Kandinsky's artworks "Picture with a Circle" and "Black Dash", Preserved in Georgian National Museum were exhibited in Milan Museum of Culture (MUDEC).

The exhibition "Kandinsky, the Wandering Knight" was opened in Milan on March 15, 2017 and will last until July 10. Along with the Georgian National Museum collections, the exhibition also showcases artworks from Russian and Armenian museums. Most of the exhibits are presented in Italy for the first time.

A "site-specific" project, bound to the intimate vocation of Mudec-Museo delle Culture is in fact based on the relation between art and anthropology and on the metaphor of the journey as a cognitive adventure. These are all aspects experienced by the founder of abstract art, who revolutionized with his abstractionism a large part of the subsequent expressive research in the world and has always shown interest in a scientific approach to reality and for explorations.

Moscow-born Vassily Kandinsky was a descendant of Russian and German parents and East Siberian ancestors. Raised in a cultural family, he began getting the classical education at an early age - he learned painting, piano and cello. He studied law at the university; he always showed interest towards ethnography, as far as he wanted to fundamentally observe his culture and ancestry.

Kandinsky spent a month in northern Russia, Vologda province in 1889, studying beliefs and law of Koma-Zyrian people. This experience had a big influence on him and soon became an important factor of the major changes. He collected and published popular songs, created drawings, and at the same time and constantly recorded in his travel diary. He had a vision in Vologda: "In their huts first came across the miracle, which later became one of the main constituents of my art. There I learned that the big picture should be perceived from the inside, not the outside, you should live inside of it. When I stepped into the room, as if the picture surrounded me, I found myself in the picture."

The exhibition traces the development of Kandinsky's visual imagery, deeply rooted in Russian tradition, and of his inescapable path towards abstraction, from the late nineteenth century until 1921, the year in which he moved to Germany and never went back to his motherland.

The aim of the exhibition, with the help of multimedia, is to let visitors travel in fascinating visual world of the artists, to give them an opportunity to absorb the features of Kandinsky's art and the process of developing his own artistic system. Visitors can "enter" his abstract compositions and fully slave for them. That's the way, as the artist himself wanted. In his letters Kandinsky wrote "over the years I have tried and force to wander in my compositions and even to disappear".

Vassily Kandinsky's artworks "Picture with a Circle"  (1911, Oil on canvas, 139x111 cm) and "Black Dash" (1920, oil on canvas, 57x70 cm) preserved in GNM Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts have been exhibited several times in world's leading museums including Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Brussels) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York).