The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona is home to a growing number of American and European modern masterpieces, including an enchanting, early painting by Wassily Kandinsky.

Kandinsky is responsible for painting some of the world’s first purely abstract paintings, and the museum’s piece, “Rapallo, Boote,” from 1905, is a reflection of the beginnings of the artist’s quest to explore spirituality utilizing only color and form.

In recognition of this piece, the museum will host a talk, “Wassily Kandinsky: Towards Abstraction,” led by Winona State University art historian Adrian Barr from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday It is free and open to the public.

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