Kandinsky

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A Motley Life (Das Bunte Leben), 1907

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). A Motley Life (Das Bunte Leben), 1907. Tempera on canvas. 51 1/8 x 63 15/16 in. (130 x 162.5 cm). Bayerische Landesbank, on permanent loan to the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Traveling October 25, 2008-January 13, 2010 to Three Venues


Kandinsky is the first major retrospective of Wassily Kandinsky's work to be shown in over two decades. Nearly 100 of his most important canvases from 1907 to 1942 are on display, organized chronologically into the artist's training, Blaue Reiter Group, traveling, Bauhaus and Parisian periods. Though only the paintings will travel, the venues--which hold the three largest public Kandinsky collections--are supplementing the exhibition at each stop with unique archival holdings including works on paper, manuscripts and photographs. Additional lecture and concert series will be held around the show in each city.

Kandinsky was jointly organized by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (October 25, 2008-22 February 22, 2009), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (April 8-August 10, 2009) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (September 18, 2009–January 31, 2010).

Photo: Courtesy Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

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The Blue Mountain (Der blaue Berg), 1908-09

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). The Blue Mountain (Der blaue Berg), 1908-09. Oil on canvas. 41 3/4 x 38 in. (106 x 96.6 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 41.505. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Improvisation 3, 1909

© 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; used with permission
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Improvisation 3, 1909. Oil on canvas. 37 x 51 1/8 in. (94 x 130 cm). Gift of Nina Kandinsky, 1976. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Adam Rzepka, courtesy Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, diffusion RMN

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Sketch for Composition II (Skizze für Komposition II), 1909-10

© 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; used with permission
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Sketch for Composition II (Skizze für Komposition II), 1909-10. Oil on canvas. 38 3/8 x 51 5/8 in. (97.5 x 131.2 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 45.961. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Impression III (Concert) (Impression III [Konzert]), January 1911

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Impression III (Concert) (Impression III [Konzert]), January 1911. Oil and tempera on canvas. 30 1/2 x 39 5/16 in. (77.5 x 100 cm). Gabriele Münter-Stiftung, 1957. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Courtesy Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

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Impression V (Park), March 1911

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Impression V (Park), March 1911. Oil on canvas. 41 11/16 x 62 in. (106 x 157.5 cm). Gift of Nina Kandinsky, 1976. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Bertrand Prévost, courtesy Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, diffusion RMN

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Improvisation 19, 1911

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Improvisation 19, 1911. Oil on canvas. 47 3/16 x 55 11/16 in. (120 x 141.5 cm). Gabriele Münter-Stiftung, 1957. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Courtesy Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

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Improvisation 21A, 1911

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Improvisation 21A, 1911. Oil and tempera on canvas. 37 3/4 x 41 5/16 in. (96 x 105 cm). Gabriele Münter-Stiftung, 1957. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Courtesy Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

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Lyrically (Lyrisches), 1911

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Lyrically (Lyrisches), 1911. Oil on canvas. 37 x 39 5/16 in. (94 x 100 cm). Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Picture with a Circle (Bild mit Kreis), 1911

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Picture with a Circle (Bild mit Kreis), 1911. Oil on canvas. 54 11/16 x 43 11/16 in. (139 x 111 cm). Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Improvisation 28 (second version) (Improvisation 28 [zweite Fassung]), 1912

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Improvisation 28 (second version) (Improvisation 28 [zweite Fassung]), 1912. Oil on canvas. 43 7/8 x 63 7/8 in. (111.4 x 162.1 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.239. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York / © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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With the Black Arch (Mit dem Schwarzen Bogen), 1912

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). With the Black Arch (Mit dem Schwarzen Bogen), 1912. Oil on canvas. 74 3/8 x 77 15/16 in. (189 x 198 cm). Gift of Nina Kandinsky, 1976. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Philippe Migeat, courtesy Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, diffusion RMN

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Painting with White Border (Moscow) (Bild mit weißem Rand [Moskau]), May 1913

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Painting with White Border (Moscow) (Bild mit weißem Rand [Moskau]), May 1913. Oil on canvas. 55 1/4 x 78 7/8 in. (140.3 x 200.3 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.245. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York / © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Small Pleasures (Kleine Freuden), June 1913

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Small Pleasures (Kleine Freuden), June 1913. Oil on canvas. 43 1/4 x 47 1/8 in. (109.8 x 119.7 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 43.921. Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Black Lines (Schwarze Striche), December 1913

© 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; used with permission
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Black Lines (Schwarze Striche), December 1913. Oil on canvas. 51 x 51 5/8 in. (129.4 x 131.1 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.241. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Sketch 2 for Composition VII (Entwurf 2 zu Komposition VII), 1913

© 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; used with permission
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Sketch 2 for Composition VII (Entwurf 2 zu Komposition VII), 1913. Oil on canvas. 39 5/16 x 55 1/16 in. (100 x 140 cm). Gabriele Münter-Stiftung, 1957. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Courtesy Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

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Moscow I (Moskau I), 1916

© 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; used with permission
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Moscow I (Moskau I), 1916. Oil on canvas. 20 1/4 x 19 7/16 in. (51.5 x 49.5 cm). The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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In Gray (Im Grau), 1919

© 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; used with permission
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). In Gray (Im Grau), 1919. Oil on canvas. 50 3/4 x 69 1/4 in. (129 x 176 cm). Bequest of Nina Kandinsky, 1981. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Courtesy Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Paris

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Red Spot II (Roter Fleck II), 1921

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Red Spot II (Roter Fleck II), 1921. Oil on canvas. 53 15/16 x 71 1/4 in. (137 x 181 cm). Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Blue Segment (Blaues Segment), 1921

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Blue Segment (Blaues Segment), 1921. Oil on canvas. 47 1/2 x 55 1/8 in. (120.6 x 140.1 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 49.1181. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Black Grid (Schwarzer Raster), 1922

© 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; used with permission
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Black Grid (Schwarzer Raster), 1922. Oil on canvas. 37 3/4 x 41 11/16 in. (96 x 106 cm). Bequest of Nina Kandinsky, 1981. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Gérard Blot, courtesy Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, diffusion RMN

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White Cross (Weißes Kreuz), January-June 1922

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). White Cross (Weißes Kreuz), January-June 1922. Oil on canvas. 39 9/16 x 43 1/2 in. (100.5 x 110.6 cm). Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553.34. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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In the Black Square (Im schwarzen Viereck), June 1923

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). In the Black Square (Im schwarzen Viereck), June 1923. Oil on canvas. 38 3/8 x 36 5/8 in. (97.5 x 93 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.254. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Composition VIII (Komposition VIII), July 1923

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Composition VIII (Komposition VIII), July 1923. Oil on canvas. 55 1/8 x 79 1/8 in. (140 x 201 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.262. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Several Circles (Einige Kreise), January-February 1926

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Several Circles (Einige Kreise), January-February 1926. Oil on canvas. 55 1/4 x 55 3/8 in. (140.3 x 140.7 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 41.283. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Succession, April 1935

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Succession, April 1935. Oil on canvas. 31 7/8 x 39 5/16 in. (81 x 100 cm). The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Movement I (Mouvement I), 1935

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Movement I (Mouvement I), 1935. Mixed media on canvas. 45 11/16 x 35 in. (116 x 89 cm). Bequest of Nina Kandinsky, 1981. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Dominant Curve (Courbe dominante), April 1936

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Dominant Curve (Courbe dominante), April 1936. Oil on canvas. 50 7/8 x 76 1/2 in. (129.4 x 194.2 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 45.989. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Composition IX, 1936

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Composition IX, 1936. Oil on canvas. 44 5/8 x 76 3/4 in. (113.5 x 195 cm). Government purchase and attribution, 1939. Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Thirty (Trente), 1937

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Thirty (Trente), 1937. Oil on canvas. 31 7/8 x 39 5/16 in. (81 x 100 cm). Gift of Nina Kandinsky, 1976. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Philippe Migeat, courtesy Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, diffusion RMN

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Grouping (Groupement), 1937

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Grouping (Groupement), 1937. Oil on canvas. 57 7/16 x 34 5/8 in. (146 x 88 cm). Moderna Museet, Stockholm. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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Various Parts (Parties diverses), February 1940

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Various Parts (Parties diverses), February 1940. Oil on canvas. 35 x 45 5/8 in. (89 x 116 cm). Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, Munich. On deposit at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Courtesy Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, Munich

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Sky Blue (Bleu de ciel), March 1940

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Sky Blue (Bleu de ciel), March 1940. Oil on canvas. 39 5/16 x 28 3/4 in. (100 x 73 cm). Gift of Nina Kandinsky, 1976. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Philippe Migeat, courtesy Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, diffusion RMN

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Reciprocal Accords (Accord Réciproque), 1942

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Reciprocal Accords (Accord Réciproque), 1942. Oil and lacquer on canvas. 44 7/8 x 57 7/16 in. (114 x 146 cm). Gift of Nina Kandinsky, 1976. Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. © 2009 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Photo: Georges Meguerditchian, courtesy Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, diffusion RMN

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Irene Guggenheim, Vasily Kandinsky, Hilla Rebay, and Solomon R. Guggenheim

Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris; used with permission
Dessau, Germany, July 1930 Irene Guggenheim, Vasily Kandinsky, Hilla Rebay, and Solomon R. Guggenheim, Dessau, Germany, July 1930. Hilla von Rebay Foundation Archive. M0007. Photo: Nina Kandinsky, courtesy Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris
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