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Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider

October 24, 2003 - February 12, 2004

This exhibition focuses on the intellectual dialogue and friendship between two key modernist artists - the painter Wassily Kandinsky and the composer Arnold Schoenberg - and charts the parallel (and related) movements toward abstraction in art and atonality in music in the early twentieth century.

More than sixty artworks by Kandinsky, Schoenberg, and other German expressionists in the Blaue Reiter group, as well as letters, photographs, archival materials, and the music of the Viennese School bring to life this fascinating moment of dramatic artistic and musical synergy.

Arnold Schoenberg (Austrian, 1874-1951)
Three Piano Pieces, op. 11, 1909
2. Mässige Achtel (Moderate eighth note)
Sarah Rothenberg, piano. From Shadows and Fragments: Brahms and Schoenberg Piano Works, 1892-1911 (Arabesque Recordings Z6761). Recorded in 2000.
Sketch for Three Piano Pieces, op. 11 (1909), detail; Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna

Our thanks to The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation for its leadership grant in support of Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider.

Major support is also provided by The Starr Foundation, The Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, Anne and Bernard Spitzer, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc., and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis, Austrian Cultural Forum, Joseph Alexander Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Norman & Rosita Winston Foundation, and other generous donors.

Exhibition audio guides are sponsored by Bloomberg.

The catalogue was made possible by the Dorot Foundation publications endowment.

Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider is based on an exhibition organized by the Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna, that was curated by its Director, Christian Meyer.

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