Photoprojection and memories.

Within the context of the Bauhaus ‘Colour Yellow’ Festival 2007 the theatrical artist Pamela Recinella presented to visitors in the West Wing of the Bauhaus building dialectical questions about the perception of an important painter such as Kandinsky in an illusionary library. With her photographical projection she created no ordinarily library but rather an illusion of a library which only collects books on Kandinsky.

In this monodigital world the guest can directly enter the life of the painter as known by his family, teachers, friends and wives. Their memories refer to his personality and life while all the books written about him present his theories and collect his drawings. Everything around tells us about Kandinsky. He is perceptible yet at the same time, like the library, not real but a projection of all of these viewers.


I gave birth to Wassily on 4th December. It was minus 29 degrees in Moscow. I remember that when he was only three years old he had already a strong feeling for colours like light green, white, carmine red. (...) He discovered for the first time the carmine red on the wall clock at his grandparents, I found him sitting alone, starring at the clock.

Lidia Ivanova

We thought a reform of the theatre was possible. Wassily knows Behrens and Stern pretty well, who set the stage for the last piece of Max Reinhard and Salzmann and who can introduce him to Adolphe Appia...we would like to visit the spectacular light-theatre staged at the Jaques-Dalcroze-School and speak with them about our idea of changing theatrical perception...

Arnold Schoenberg

Well, I mostly agree with Wassily and in fact I’m really fascinated by his sociological point of view. (...) In one of the last dinners we had he contended that modern man needs and searches for inner peace because external factors bewilder him (...) I think that an exclusive relationship between the horizontal and vertical with black and white is imminent, everything should dip into inner silence and the external noises will unsettle our world.

Paul Klee

In 1934 Wassily frequented our circle of friends in Paris – Jean Arp, Antoine Pevsner, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró… Picasso often came, sometimes Dalí...”

André Breton

From the end of July Wassily could not paint every day anymore. He had pain walking and difficulty to breath. His malady came unexpectedly. I felt that something was wrong, I was anxious, but I tried not to show him how I felt.  The doctor diagnosed arteriosclerosis, but Wassily wasn’t informed about the gravity of his malady. On 4th December we sang Russian songs in a happy and hilarious mood for his 78th birthday, and hoped that we could celebrate Christmas together, but our wish was never realised. On 13th December the condition of Wassily aggravated, and that evening his life expired.

Nina Kandinsky