Vassily Kandinsky's Glimpse Into the Russian Soul

VERONA, Italy, OCT. 5, 2004 ( The master of 19th-century pictorial art, Vassily Kandinsky, is a focus of the exhibition «The Russian Soul According to Kandinsky» in Verona.

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The exhibition is «a unique opportunity to appreciate Kandinsky’s spiritual vision and the soul of the Russian people,» the organizers said.

The exhibition is being organized in the Modern Art Gallery of the Palazzo Forti in Verona from Oct. 16 to Jan. 30.

Kandinsky is one of the authors of the 130 works exhibited, which also includes paintings by Malevich, Goncharova and Chagal, as well as works of itinerant 19th-century painters.

Giorgio Cortenova, director of the Palazzo Forti’s Modern Art Gallery, commissioned the exhibition with Evgenia Petrova, vice director of the Russian State Museum.

«Kandinsky’s work maintains a spiritual link between his soul and his people,» Cortenova said.

Among Kandinsky’s works are «The Black Stain» (1912), prefiguring a conflict between demonic evil and luminous salvation, and «Saint George» (1911), depicting a hero who saves his land of traditions and old values, the catalog notes.

Vladimir Gusev, director of St. Petersburg’s State Museum, said the exhibition «is a journey through the history of the Russian soul and attempts to elicit questions more than to provide answers.»

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