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Jawlensky fills the Russian Museum with colour

Alexéi's work is compared and contrasted with that of his son and other artists.
Alexéi's work is compared and contrasted with that of his son and other artists. / Ñito Salas
  • The Malaga gallery is now showing works by the expressionist master and explores the artistic relationship with his son

He was a friend of Kandinsky and a member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), an artistic movement that transformed German expressionism. They once shared exhibitions and artistic interests and are now doing it again in Malaga. Alexéi Jawlensky will be filling the space vacated by his friend in Malaga's Russian Museum from now until February next year.

Mystical head. John the Baptist.

Mystical head. John the Baptist. / SUR

The exhibition sets out to explore his role “at the vanguard of the twentieth century”, in the words of José María Luna, director of the Malaga branch of St Petersburg’s State Russian Museum.

Andreas and Katia (1905).

Andreas and Katia (1905). / SUR

Respected by the experts but unknown to the public at large, the city’s Tabacalera building makes clear the importance of this expressionist painter’s work and discusses it in the context of his contemporaries and his successor, his son Andreas.

The search for a personal journey through the use of colour and light unites father and son. The result is an explosion of tones in the exhibition galleries, a kaleidoscopic palette for people to compare and contrast their form, style and subject. With The Adventure of Colour, the show’s subtitle, Alexéi and Andreas meet again in Malaga, almost a hundred years after they first exhibited together in 1914.

The exhibition looks at the artist’s creativity through around fifty of his and his son’s works, (from the St Petersburg museum, private collections and the artists’ descendants), as well as 20 contextual works by other artists.