Odessa’s Cultural Heritage: Wassily Kandinsky in the Fine Arts Museum

Wassily Kandinsky, one of the founders of abstract art, moved to Odessa with his parents in 1871, at the age of five. Since then for forty years his life in many different ways was connected with the city at the Black Sea.

Here in Odessa, in 1898 for the first time ever he participated in the exhibition organized by the Association of South-Russian artists. The first known Kandinsky’s painting – “Odessa’s Port” was created in Odessa. Over the period of fourteen years, Kandinsky exhibited here 200 of his works. In 1911 the artist presented 54 paintings at Odessa’s exhibition “Salon Izdebskogo”. This was Kandinsky’s first personal exhibition ever.

Early Kandinsky in the Odessa’s Fine Arts Museum


Several early Kandinsky’s works are featured in the Odessa’s Fine Arts museum, a very interesting art gallery, dedicated to Odessa’s and the Russian Empire’s artists. From the works of the first Russian realists,  The Wonderers (Peredvizhniki) to the Symbolist movement and Art Nouveau to the early and late Soviet period, the Fine Arts museum is a pearl of Odessa’s cultural heritage. Well worth a visit!

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