Sunday, February 22, 2009

Absolut Abstract...Again

After months of lines that go around the block, one of the most successful exhibits in Munich history is about to move onto Paris. The Lenbach haus, which is already well known for showing off the work of the Blue Riders, a group of artists fundamental to the rise of Expressionism in the beginning of the 20th century, has been hosting the exhibit Absolute Abstract. The exhibit is a retrospective of the work of Wassilly Kandinsky, and follows the tremendous metamorphosis in his painting – from deep, bold colors draped across landscapes, to that of the blue Rider where he was deeply influenced by music and expressive color masses, and finally to geometric forays at the end of his long career. Kandinsky once said of his love for music in the brush strokes, "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammer, the soul is the piano with the strings." Good news for anyone who may have missed the exhibit, it has been extended to March 8. A single ticket gets you into the Italian Villa - Lenback Haus, as well as the Kunstbau, which is oddly enough in the entry of the Konigsplatz U-bahn station. If you want to experience Munich art, then this is what it’s most famous for – and this is by far the best exhibit I’ve seen in Munich.

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