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The Syllabus: Cataloguing Kandinsky

Vasily Kandinsky is a central figure in the Guggenheim Museum's founding collection, and his importance is also reflected in the museum's publication history. Kandinsky has been the sole focus of no fewer than 15 books and catalogues. Beginning with the catalogue to the artist's 1945 Memorial Exhibition, the list continues right up to the 2009 retrospective coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright building.  Some books have offered a closer look at specific aspects of Kandinsky's output, such as Kandinsky Watercolors, documenting 70 works in that medium from the Guggenheim Collection, and the charming Kandinsky: Paintings on Glass.

After Kandinsky's death, the museum published two books of Kandinsky's most important writings: On the Spiritual in Art and Point and Line to Plane. Translated by Hilla Rebay, these were the first appearance of these influential works in English, and they have since become essential documents to the understanding of 20th-century art.

"Diagram 3, Point, 9 points in ascent (emphasis upon the diagonal d–a through weight)" (detail) from Kandinsky's Punkt und Linie zu Fläche (Point and Line to Plane; second edition, 1926).

Required Reading

Point and Line to Plane

Contributions by Howard Dearstyne, Wassily Kandinsky, and Hilla Rebay
Published in 1947
206 pages , fully illustrated
Hardcover
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On the Spiritual in Art

Edited by Hilla Rebay
Published in 1946
154 pages , fully illustrated
Hardcover
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Kandinsky in the Collection Online

Exhibition
Kandinsky's Painting with White Border

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Kandinsky
(2009)

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