Kandinsky: A Journey Beyond Space and Time

Palazzo Reale in Milan is hosting “Vassily Kandinsky. The Centre Pompidou Collection” through 27 April.

The exhibit, curated by Angela Lampe – an art historian and curator at Centre Pompidou in Paris – and in collaboration with Ada Masoero for Italy, it is a wide-ranging retrospective focusing on one artist, with over 80 essential works of Kandinsky’s art, in chronological order.

The narrative of the artistic and mental journey of one of the fathers of abstract art, through all the stages of his course, is well-curated and very captivating. From the very first hall, visitors are immersed in a voyage that constantly changes viewpoint, following the growth and pursuit of painting of this great artist from last century. He was an artist who, in addition to painting, practiced art in other fields: music and theater, where he sought to defend the spiritual in art, the title of one of his most important essays.

The exhibition includes over 80 works of art: from Old Town in 1902 to Sky Blue in 1940, along with Windmill in Holland (1904), In Grey (1919), Yellow-Red-Blue (1925), Accent in Pink (1926), Colourful Ensemble (1938). The visitor can walk through the sections of the exhibit in an ideal journey through Kandinsky’s art from his debut to his culmination, from the years in Russia, to those in Germany and France until, savoring a unique and unforgettable experience and delving into a setting that will have the power to transport them beyond space and time.

Vassily Kandinsky. The Centre Pompidou Collection
Milan, Palazzo Reale, through 27 April
Admission: €11 – €9.50 – € 5.50
(Exhibit promoted and produced by the Councilorship for Culture of the City of Milan, Palazzo Reale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE and Arthemisia Group)

9/11, Ten Years After

This coming Sunday is the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a day that’s marked in world history as one of the most shocking events in recent years—to the point that the date alone, ‘nine eleven’, is enough to elicit acknowledgment and bitter memories. Besides the inherent tragedy, the fact that the whole world practically could see it happening live on the TV and online just added to the collective anguish—and so it was with the aftermath.

The City of Milano has organized two exhibitions and other events to commemorate the day. Opening tonight (invite-only), 11.9, Il giorno che ha cambiato il mondo. Dieci anni dopo. Documenti e immagini (‘9/11, The Day that Changed the World. Ten Years After. Documents and images’) is a photographic exhibition that tells the story of the day, and those immediately following, through a selection of pictures from the greatest photographers—James Nachtwey, Steve McCurry, Susan Meiselas among others. It is held in the ground floor rooms at Palazzo Reale. In the building’s inner courtyard, there’s also a contemporary art installation by Antonio Paradiso called L’ultima cena globalizzata | Global Last Supper, made up of 20 tons of Twin Towers debris, while the history behind this work is shown in another room with 70 pictures. Both exhibitions last until October, 2 and entrance is free.

Two concerts are also scheduled for Sunday, September 11:

  • 5.30pm, in the courtyard of Palazzo Marino
    Civica Orchestra di Fiati di Milano: New York, New York (music by Kander, Bernstein, Barber)
  • 8pm, at La Scala
    Orchestra laVerdi, directed by Zhang Xian: Schicksalslied op. 54 for mixed chorus and orchestra by Brahms, and War Requiem op. 66 by Britten.

Finally, tonight at 6.30pm at Palazzo Clerici a panel (in Italian) will revolve about the themes in Britten’s War Requiem. Entrance is free.

11.9, Il giorno che ha cambiato il mondo and L’ultima cena globalizzata | Global Last Supper
September 10—October 2
Palazzo Reale
Piazza Duomo 12
Opening hours: daily 9.30am—7.30pm except Mondays: 2.30pm—7.30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays: 9.30am—10.30pm. Last admission: one hour before closing
Entrance free