Monday, October 05, 2009

Kandinsky at the Guggenheim

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Since I had such a short visit to the Neue Galerie in the morning, I thought I would have plenty of time to take in the Guggenheim, which is just a few blocks away. I got sucked into their massive Kandinsky survey, & it totally wore me down. Not only is the entire spiral filled with paintings from all periods of his career, but there was another gallery filled with works on paper, as well as an historical survey of photographs of him & his wife. The free audio tour emphasizes Kandinsky's interest in the synesthetic connection between painting & music. It includes excerpts of Schoenberg to listen to while looking at the pictures.

I liked what I saw, but it was too much of a good thing. It also made me realize that I've been seeing Kandinsky rip-offs everywhere without knowing it. A surprisingly large number of works in the show are from the Guggenheim itself.

The permanent collection has a favorite painting, though: Picasso's alarmingly precocious Le Moulin de la Galette, done when the artist was 19.

The Guggenheim in LegoFor some reason I didn't like any of the picture postcards of the building. Instead, my favorite gift shop item was this Lego set version of the museum.


The Opera Tattler said...

The Lego model of the building is clearly much more charming than any picture postcard.

Axel Feldheim said...

I'm so glad you agree. Perhaps the gift shop should sell post cards with pictures of the Lego model instead of shots of the building from weird angles.