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Kandinsky and his road to abstract art

One of the most important pieces in the exhibition, ‘Painting with a white border’, in the foreground.
One of the most important pieces in the exhibition, ‘Painting with a white border’, in the foreground. / Salvador Salas
  • The new temporary exhibition in Malaga's Russian museum is dominated by abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky

The 'Kandinsky and Russia' temporary exhibition has been open to the public since Tuesday in Malaga's Russian museum after it waved goodbye to the 'Chagall and his Russian contemporaries' collection a few days ago. Visitors have until 16 July to see the new temporary exhibition.

The collection, which primarily consists of Kandinsky's paintings, shows his journey towards becoming an abstract artist, while also exhibiting works from some of the other famous avant-garde painters who shared the same spirit and same innovation as Kandinsky, with pieces of popular art from the sixteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth century on display.

This exhibition continues the museum's theme of displaying the work of artists who have links to other countries where they developed their ideas, despite the fact that they were all born in Russia.

Kandinsky himself settled in Germany for most of his life before the Nazi regime closed his school there. As a consequence, he moved to France where he eventually died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.

Chagall, whose work dominated the previous exhibition, also produced art in France and the United States before his death on the French Riviera in 1985.

Nevertheless, all the different types of art in the current exhibition bring to light the influence that their native Russia had on them and consequently on their journey towards modern art.

The works evoke ideas portrayed by the artist with relation to Russian tradition and to some of the other contemporary artists of the time.

Specialist Valeriano Bozal highlighted the importance of colour, light and composition for modern Russian artists, but he added that nothing was more important than the moral burden that each individual work attempts to carry and depict to others.