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The Public Responds to a 1946 Kandinsky Exhibition

Public Comments from On the Spiritual in Art

Kandinsky, Vasily, and Hilla Rebay. On the Spiritual in Art. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, for the Museum of Non-objective Painting, 1946. RB N68.K3513 1946

Public Comments from On the Spiritual in Art

Kandinsky, Vasily, and Hilla Rebay. On the Spiritual in Art. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, for the Museum of Non-objective Painting, 1946. RB N68.K3513 1946

Public Comments from On the Spiritual in Art

Kandinsky, Vasily, and Hilla Rebay. On the Spiritual in Art. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, for the Museum of Non-objective Painting, 1946. RB N68.K3513 1946

The first complete English translation of Vasily Kandinsky’s 1911 text On the Spiritual in Art was edited and translated by Hilla Rebay in 1946 in order to promote Kandinsky’s writing to a broader audience.

Towards the end of the book, there are pages full of comments by the public made in the Museum of Non-Objective Painting and compiled by Rebay. The public comments were later published as a separate text in the 1950s. Most of the public comments mention Composition 8 (Komposition 8) which is currently being presented in Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944, on view at the Guggenheim until April 23, 2014.

On the Spiritual in Art has been digitized and is available on Internet Archive as part of Art Resources from the Mid-20th Century, a METRO-funded collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art.

  • http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online Carmen H

    I never knew that Rebay translated “On the Spiritual in Art.” That’s awesome. Artist, collector, museum founder/director… AND translator! Impressive.