One of the foremost artistic innovators of the early 20th century, Vasily Kandinsky, is one of the great pioneers of abstractions.

His crusade to find a new aesthetic was linked to Utopian themes just as under Hitler’s regime his work (along with that of many other artists) was confiscated and declared degenerate. Ironically, the Soviet government also prevented it being shown and sent many works into storage and even destroyed some. Eventually settling in France for the last years of his life, Kandinsky began to experiment with new materials and intricate compositions. Works from this period resemble miniscule worlds of living organisms and are clearly informed by his contact with Surrealism, including the art of Jean Arp and Joan Miró. 

Until May 23rd at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

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