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03 April 2020

Gabriele and 'Der Blaue Reiter'

Der Blaue Reiter art movement founded in 1911 by a group of artists in Munich and headed by no other than Wassily Kandinskij also included a woman. And what a woman! Her name is Gabriele Münter, one of the most interesting protagonists of the creative scene in the first half of the 20th century. Gabriele is brave, modern, open-minded, a great traveller and experimented a lot. Avantgarde, she always avoided the rigid societal conventions of the first half of the 20th century. That is why we like her. And we also like her eclecticism: she was a photographer, painter, and, to a certain degree, even a collector. Thanks to her determination, many of Wassily’s works, who was her lover and partner for many years, were saved from Nazi destruction. However, it would not do her justice if we did not go beyond the cliché which sees her only and solely as ‘Kandinskij’s partner’. Gabriele is a lot more than that. She is not only a spokeswoman of the German Expressionism, she is a free woman in a man’s world. She embodies a true Rider, a knight, a determined person supported by her eclectic personality which stopped her from being made into a tool by the numerous politicians of the time. In other words, Gabriele embodies a century which is often dark, unclear and cruel, a woman who does not kowtow to the reining chauvinism. We like Gabriele, a lot, if it was not obvious.