Of Heaven and Earth: Exhibition Walkthrough

Opening with some of the earliest and most refined examples of Italian painting, including Sandro Botticelli’s stunning Annunciation, the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth unfolds chronologically. The High Renaissance is next, with its emphasis on naturalism and rationality, the most familiar qualities of Italian painting. This section contains rare early work by Titian. Subsequently, visitors… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Chiaroscuro Creations

Chiaroscuro paintings often have strong contrasts of light and dark. This style of painting was made popular during the Renaissance and often featured a portrait of its subject. In the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, the painting Salome (ca. 1681–85) by Carlo Dolci (pictured left) is one such example. Give students a chance to create their… Read on

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Additional Resources

Teaching Materials Abstract Painting Demonstration Video Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction  Meet the Cyborg Teaching Musicians How to Play Color, Not Sheet Music  Books Concerning the Spiritual in Art– Wassily Kandinsky The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse– Eric Carle The Blue Rider: The Yellow Cow Sees the World in Blue- Doris Kutschbach The Noisy Paint… Read on

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Exploring Symbolism

Discussion– Have students select an object from home (e.g., their backpack, toy, clothing) that they feel best represents them. Encourage them to share with a partner why they selected the object. For example, a favorite ring might shine like one’s personality. Activity– Ask your students to find an image to serve as a symbol for… Read on

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A Positive Influence

Discussion– Throughout his career, Kandinsky experimented with different processes and materials. While in Murnau, Germany, he painted on glass, an interest his friends Gabriele Münter, Marianne Werefkin, and Alexei Jawlensky also shared. Kandinsky, together with Franz Marc, founded the Blue Rider group specifically so that he and like-minded artists could share and exchange ideas around… Read on

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Mix It Up

Discussion– Kandinsky was an instructor at the Bauhaus, whose teaching program emphasized experimentation, form theory, and the direct handling of materials. He was best known for his instruction of color theory. In the visual arts, color theory organizes the colors in the spectrum and their relationships. Colors are categorized on the color wheel into primary… Read on

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Music + Art

Activity– Select three types of music for students to listen to for an exercise in musicality. Ask them to give form to the sounds they hear, to draw or paint abstract “musical drawings” for each song. Compare the drawings. What affect did the music have on each piece? How did the type of music influence… Read on

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Kandinsky: A Retrospective Glossary

Abstraction–Artworks that do not represent a being, place, or thing. Abstraction can also refer to the depiction of a being, place, or thing in a simplified, generalized manner, such as using a circle to represent the sun. Biomorphic/Geometric Shape–A painted, drawn, or sculpted form or design that suggests the shape of a living organism. Canvas–A… Read on

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Biography

The career of Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), a pioneer of modern art and theory, is a remarkable one. Trained as a lawyer in his native Russia, Kandinsky left behind a legal career and moved to the forefront of the European avant-garde in Munich and Paris. During a time of incredible scientific, industrial, and intellectual change, with… Read on

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Exhibition Walkthrough

Together with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum is proud to present Kandinsky: A Retrospective. The Centre Pompidou is one of the major repositories of Kandinsky’s work. Its remarkable collection came from the artist’s widow, Nina, and is composed of the artist’s favorite works, which he kept for himself. Curated from this rich trove,… Read on

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