Largest Collection of Kandinsky in the U.S. To Be Permanently Showcased
Exhibition title: Kandinsky Gallery: An Inaugural Selection
Exhibition Dates: September 17, 2004–May 11, 2005
Exhibition location: Thannhauser 3 Gallery
NEW YORK, NY—September 9, 2004—The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has established a permanent gallery for the presentation of works by Vasily Kandinsky, an artist closely associated with the museum’s founder. Located in the Thannhauser 3 Gallery, one of the original Frank Lloyd Wright galleries in the known as the "Monitor" building or Small Rotunda, the Kandinsky Gallery will present a rotating selection of around 20 works by the artist which will highlight and give greater public access to this section of the museum's collection. The first exhibition, Kandinsky Gallery: An Inaugural Selection, will be on view September 17, 2004, through May 11, 2005. Future exhibitions will be organized by Guggenheim curators and are scheduled to change every six to nine months.
The Guggenheim has the largest collection of Kandinsky works in the United States and the third largest collection in the world. The 246 paintings, watercolors, gouaches, ink drawings, prints, and books by the artist comprise an extensive resource of Kandinsky material to be installed in thematically and historically compelling ways. The first exhibition will be a survey of the artist's work, highlighting different periods and styles, and ranging from the beginning to the end of his career. Works will vary in medium as well. Guggenheim classics such as Blue Mountain (1908–09), Improvisation 28 (second version) (1912), Composition 8 (July 1923), and Dominant Curve (April 1936) will be on view. Following this first presentation, the Kandinsky Gallery will be occupied by another relevant selection of works from the exhibition Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim, which will be on view from May 19–August 7, 2005. The space will then present focused presentations arranged by theme, period, location of production, or medium.
No other artist has been more closely associated with the mission and ideology of the Guggenheim Museum than Vasily Kandinsky. His Composition 8 was the first painting purchased for the museum by Solomon R. Guggenheim, and his works comprises the core of the Guggenheim's collection of Modern art. His treatises regarding non-objective painting and abstraction created the premise upon which the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, formerly the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, was founded.
Of the 246 works, 158 are held between the Solomon R. Guggenheim and Peggy Guggenheim Collections, with an additional 88 works on long-term loan from the Hilla von Rebay Foundation. Since the opening of the Guggenheim in 1945, the museum has organized 19 different Kandinsky exhibitions, which have traveled to 49 museums, galleries, and universities throughout the world. Works from the Guggenheim's collection have been featured in countless survey shows and loaned to institutions worldwide.
General Information: 212 423-3500
Hours: Sat.–Wed., 10 AM–5:45 PM; Fri. 10 AM–8 PM; closed Thurs.
Admission: $15 adults, $10 students/seniors.
During The Aztec Empire, from October 15 through February 13, special admission prices apply:
Admission Only: $18 adults; $15 students/seniors; children under 12 free; members free.
Family Sundays: $18 for families with children under 18 and up to 2 adult companions; second Sunday of each month during the exhibition.
September 9, 2004
Betsy Ennis / Jennifer Russo
Guggenheim Public Affairs
Tel: 212 423-3840