Ivan Wyschnegradsky
(1893–1979)

Ivan Wyschnegradsky, installation view, Neue Galerie, Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Fred Dott

An avant-garde composer, Ivan Wyshnegradsky’s research into microtonal music was inspired by Mikhail Matyushin. In the 1940s, already living in France, Wyschnegradsky started using colors to describe microtones. He studied analogies of color and sound, correlating the twelve tones of the chromatic scale with the twelve colors of the visible spectrum of light, aiming to develop a form of ultra-chromatic time-space.

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