Kandinsky Retrospective: Milwaukee Art Museum Bus Tour slated Aug. 2

MARINETTE, Wis. – Professor emeritus James LaMalfa will lead a tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) on Saturday, Aug. 2. The tour leaves the University of Wisconsin-Marinette campus at 7 a.m. and will return by 6 p.m.

The fee for tour members is $45 and is payable prior to the trip to Continuing Education. In addition to the Wassily Kandinsky retrospective, the museum will be featuring three other exhibits, “Exploring the Surface,” “The Bloemaert Legacy” and “Postcards from America: Milwaukee.”

The Kandinsky exhibit is on loan from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and came from the artist’s widow, Nina. The exhibit is made up of the artist’s favorite works and includes over one hundred paintings, drawings and other works from four decades of art production. The exhibit also includes a mural Kandinsky made for the Bauhaus, the German art school where he taught.

The Kandinsky exhibit displays art from the early figurative period when he formed “Der Blaue Reiter” group with Franz Marc. Kandinsky returned to Russia during World War I and was exposed to the art of the Suprematists and Constructivists and his art followed suit. In 1922 he was invited to teach at the German art school, Bauhaus, in Weimar, Germany. When the school closed in 1933, Kandinsky moved to Paris to continue his work. He died in 1944 at the age of 78.

The second exhibit at the museum is “Exploring the Surface; Camera-less Photographs” which focuses on artists who created photographic images with alternate methods like Laszlo Maholy-Nagy.

The third exhibit, “The Bloemaert Legacy,” features two paintings on loan by the Northern Baroque artist Abraham Bloemaert, a Dutch painter from the 17th century.

The fourth exhibit is “Postcards from America: Milwaukee” and features the photographs of eleven American photographers who worked in Wisconsin taking photos of everyday life in the Badger state.

“This tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum which features four fine exhibits, is an opportunity for adults and art students to view a variety of fine art in various media at a bargain price. Going to the Milwaukee Art Museum alone would cost $25.

The tour includes a comfortable ride on Westland’s tour bus and a great series of exhibits plus the permanent collection,” said tour group leader Professor emeritus James LaMalfa, art. Persons interested in the tour may prepay at the Office of Continuing Education at UW-Marinette, 750 W. Bay Shore Street, Marinette.

Call (715) 735-4300 ext. 4342 or register online at or email for more information.