The Great Gate of Kiev by Wassily Kandinsky | 1928 | watercolor, ink and tempera on paper | 21.3 × 27.3 cm

Wassily Kandinsky’s stage set for Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ at the Friedrich Theater, Dessau, on 4 April, 1928. ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is a suite of ten piano pieces, plus a recurring, varied Promenade theme. The last piece, The Bogatyr Gates, is a musical presentation of what Mussorgsky saw at a St. Petersburg’s art exhibition for the Russian painter and architect, Viktor Hartmann who made sketches for city gates of Kyiv.