Tate: Purchased 1979

Object Light exhibition highlights On display

Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) wanted his art to go beyond straightforward representation, giving viewers a more participatory experience, like listening to music. He aimed to create a sense of movement in his work and saw colour as an essential tool in this.

Explore how how Oskar Fischinger’s animated films and Kandinsky’s paintings mixed high art and mass culture in this article from Tate.

What's the Sound of Colour? Kandinsky and Music explored in this video via Listening In's YouTube channel

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Previously on display

13 November 2022

ACMI: Gallery 4



Wassily Kandinsky

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Light and Colour


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Light → Light and Colour


705 x 502 mm

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Oil paint on board

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