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“Kandinsky In Munich 1896–1914”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York

“Kandinsky in Munich 1896–1914” Large museum exhibitions, particularly retrospectives of any kind, have a habit of confounding the organizers’ intentions. We are told to believe one thing, bludgeoned with evidence and explanatory text, but very often something else presents itself and, in demanding attention, destroys the official thesis. Among shows held in recent years one can think of Andy Warhol’s portraits at the Whitney Museum, the Mark Rothko and Arshile Gorky exhibitions at the Guggenheim, and, most spectacularly, the Pablo Picasso show at the Museum of Modern Art. The latter backfired to such an extent that, despite the overly determined hanging, Cubism was made to look boring (which it probably is if confined to the work of one man), while the last paintings looked willfully neglected by a curator who seemed to find them embarrassing. We came away wanting to know more of those

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