Thanks to a renovation currently occurring at the Centre Pompidou, a major modern art museum in Paris, Milan is currently hosting a major exhibition of Vassily Kandinsky works at the Palazzo Reale.
The exhibition occurs on the heels of a major exhibition of Andy Warhol works in Pisa, pointing to Italy’s recent focus on modern art and major international exhibitions.
The Kandinsky works will remain on display in Milan through April 27 and can be viewed seven days a week, making it an excellent place to hit on days when Italy’s main attractions are closed.
The exhibition features over 80 Kandinsky works and is arranged chronologically, allowing visitors to truly understand the progression of the artist.
Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and theorist, and he is often credited with painting the first truly abstract paintings.
Like other famous abstract painters, such as Picasso, his early works tend to feature more realist subjects and his later works a complete focus on the abstract.
Therefore, seeing them in the order in which they were painted truly gives the viewer an insight into the artist’s process.
When Kandinsky’s paintings come up for auction they generally sell in the 1, 500, 000 euro range, making him not only historically significant but also still relevant in the international art market.
Throughout his life Kandinsky lived in several different places, growing up in Europe, traveling throughout western Europe and eventually returning to Russia and the influence of both place and the people he encountered along the way is evident in his artwork.
Among the works on display will be The Grey (1919), Yellow, Red and Blue (1925), Accent in Pink (1926) and Multicolored set (1938).
For lovers of modern art or those simply hoping for a brief break from Italy’s overwhelming Renaissance art collection, Kandinsky in Milan is a truly unique opportunity to view the works up close before they return to Paris.