Schönberg & Kandinsky
@ Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam
The exhibition Schönberg & Kandinsky. Artistic Revolutionaries zooms in on the turbulent first two decades of the twentieth century, which witnessed a revolution in the worlds of art and music. While the painter Wassily Kandinsky laid the foundations of abstract art, composer Arnold Schönberg developed a new tonal system in music.
A concert of Schönberg's music in Munich in 1911 inspired Kandinsky to paint the near-abstract composition Impression III that same evening. This concert also led Kandinsky to invite Schönberg to participate in the first exhibition of the artists' group Der Blaue Reiter.
Arnold Schönberg was a multifaceted artist. He taught himself violin at the age of nine and went on to become one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century. He was also a self-taught draughtsman and designer and, influenced by his friendship with the artist Richard Gerstl, created an extensive body of visual art that deserves to be better known. LINK jhm