For the first time in thirty years, a comprehensive exhibition in Switzerland will be devoted to the fascinating chapter in modern art known as Der Blaue Reiter. The Munich exhibition in 1911 and the art movement of the same name resulted in a revolutionary new art experience. The works by Wassily Kandinsky that belong to the Beyeler Collection will serve as a starting-point to give members of the public an insight into the work of a group of avant-garde artists whose openness and internationalism were interrupted by the First World War.
Der Blaue Reiter is the name of the legendary almanac published by Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) and #franzmarc (1880–1916) which appeared in Munich in 1912. In that book, Kandinsky and Marc brought together texts and pictures from different cultures and by different artists. The almanac was intended to document the need for a new beginning in the visual arts at the beginning of the 20th century. It testifies to a revolutionary new understanding of art and the world that centred on the visual representation of ideas rather than the reproduction of visible reality. This can be seen above all in the liberation of colour, which was inspired by the pre-Alpine landscape found to the south of Munich.
The ideas that caused Kandinsky and Marc, in the first instance, to move towards abstraction culminated in a turning-point in western views on art that has left its mark on generations of painters – right up until today.
Featuring around 70 artworks and 90 exhibits in all, the exhibition will present the Almanac and, particularly through major groups of works by Kandinsky and Marc, illustrate the revolution in painting that took place between 1908 and 1914.
The exhibition „Kandinsky, Marc & Der Blaue Reiter“ is being supported by:
Beyeler-Stiftung Hansjörg Wyss, Wyss-Foundation L. + Th. La Roche-Stiftung Novartis Walter Haefner Stiftung
Communication partner for the exhibition: Exclusive ticket pre-sale in all Manor stores. 20% discount with Manor card.
Kandinsky, Marc & Der Blaue Reiter
4 September 2016 – 22 January 2017
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