London

Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation No. 30 (Cannes), 1913, oil on canvas, 43 x 43 1/2".

Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation No. 30 (Cannes), 1913, oil on canvas, 43 x 43 1/2".

London

Wassily Kandinsky

Tate Modern
Bankside
June 22–October 1, 2006

Curated by Hartwig Fischer and Sean Rainbird

The modernist master narrative will make its case again this summer at Tate Modern, where Wassily Kandinsky’s epic struggle to achieve his breakthrough to abstraction will be charted in “Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction 1908-1922,” a focused exhibition—cocurated by the Kunstmuseum Basel’s Fischer and Tate’s Rainbird—of fifty paintings and thirty works on paper by the artist. The objects will be dazzling to see, but a less predictable framing of Kandinsky might have promised a more adventurous revisiting of this complicated Russian who was both international and nationalistic, as well as Soviet (briefly), spiritual, ethnographic, folkloric, and, yes, abstract. The catalogue features essays by, among others, art historian Shulamith Behr and critic Noemi Smolik.

Travels to the Kunstmuseum Basel, Oct. 21, 2006–Feb. 4, 2007.