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Hidden treasures in the collection: Wassily Kandinsky

'The Collection as Time Machine' incorporates several rooms with rotating displays in which guest curator Carel Blotkamp displays hidden treasure from the depot.

Gallery 2 currently features works by Wassily Kandinsky. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has owned Kandinsky’s famous painting Lyrical (1911) since 1936, but in 1964, the museum acquired an additional eleven Kandinsky paintings in a single purchase, several of which are displayed in this room. These works came from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The collector Solomon R. Guggenheim had bought more than a hundred works by Kandinsky in the 1930s on the advice of the German émigré Hilla von Rebay, a great admirer of abstract art and a painter herself. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has recently acquired a surprising painting by Rebay, Largo (1947), which perfectly complements the Kandinskys in the collection. 

 

Wassily Kandinsky, Strahlenlinien, 1927, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Wassily Kandinsky, Strahlenlinien, 1927, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Wassily Kandinsky, Verstummen, 1924, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Wassily Kandinsky, Verstummen, 1924, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Wassily Kandinsky, Ergänztes Braun, 1935, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Wassily Kandinsky, Ergänztes Braun, 1935, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam