Franz Marc Blue-black Fox, 1911 Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal

Franz Marc
Blue-black Fox, 1911
Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal

PREVIEW published by Time Out Switzerland on 10 April 2016: http://www.timeout.com/switzerland/museums/kandinsky-marc-the-blue-rider

Time and time again, Fondation Beyeler, an exquisite Renzo Piano design on the outskirts of Basel, organises exhibitions that are both crowd-pleasers and meaningful. The collection constituted by the preeminent art merchant Ernst Beyeler, who passed away in 2010, often serves as the departure point for seminal exhibitions, as it does once again with the Munich Der Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider).

Led between 1911 and 1914 by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, the art movement was tragically interrupted by the First World War, when Kandinsky returned to Russia and Marc was killed. During that short time, along with a loose group of painters that included Paul Klee and August Macke, painting departed from figurative representation and ushered in abstraction. It was a turning point in western art. The Beyeler show pays tribute to the revolutionary art experience that embraced bold prismatic colours as a means of expression that dispensed with the illustration of objects.

Kandinsky, Marc & Der Blaue Reiter, Basel – Fondation Beyeler, Basel

‪4 September 2016 – 22 January 2017

http://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/exhibitions/kandinsky-marc-amp-der-blaue-reiter/introduction

Wassily Kandinsky  Fuga, 1914  Oil on canvas, 129.5 x 129.5 cm  Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection

Wassily Kandinsky 
Fuga, 1914 
Oil on canvas, 129.5 x 129.5 cm 
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection

Michèle Laird, née Haffner, trained as a journalist, became an international arts administrator (visual arts and theatre), successively in Paris, New York and London before moving to Switzerland, where she now covers the art beat and presides several associations.

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