The exhibition aims to demonstrate the active role of the musical model in painting with specific reference to the development of abstract art. It covers the years between 1908 and 1925, with particular reference to the decade starting in 1910 when the first moves were made towards abstraction. To illustrate how the different means by which the idea of synesthaesia (meaning the correspondence between different sensory perceptions such as, in the case of music and painting, hearing and sight) gave rise to abstract art, the exhibition will include works by a total of 48 artists. All were contemporaries of Wassily Kandinsky, the key figure in the development of abstraction.