1885 Registers at the Faculty of Law in Moscow.
1889 First trip to Paris.
1895 Refuses a post on the teaching staff at the University of Dorpat (today Tartu, Estonia) to devote himself to art.
1896 Moves to Munich.
1900 Enters the Fine Arts School in Munich.
1901 Quits the classes of the painter Franz von Stuck in Munich and founds Phalanx, an association that is at once art school and exhibition venue.
1902 Meets the artists Gabriele Münter and David Burliuk.
1903 Beginning of a series of journeys, to Venice, Odessa, Moscow and Holland.
1904 Takes part in the first exhibition of ‘Tendances Nouvelles’ in Paris. In Moscow he publishes Poems without Words, an album illustrated by 12 woodcuts. He participates in various exhibitions, including the 9th Berlin Secession, then in shows in St Petersburg and Moscow, as well as at the
Salon d’Automne in Paris. After a final exhibition, the Phalanx group is dissolved.
1905 Continues travelling, with a visit to Tunisia, and exhibits in various European cities (Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow).
1906 Lives in Paris, then for a year in Sèvres.
1907 Exhibits widely: with the ‘Die Brücke’ group in Dresden, at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants in Paris and at the Berlin Secession.
1908 Spends the summer in Murnau in the Bavarian Alps with painter Alexis von Jawlensky, a period that marks a turning point in his career.
1909 Back in Munich, he is one of the founders of the art association the Neue Künstlervereinigung München (NKVM). Writes On the Spiritual in Art.
1910 Meets Franz Marc, with whom he sets up the ‘Der Blaue Reiter’ group (The Blue Rider) the following year.
1911 On January 1, Kandinsky attends a concert of music by Arnold Schoenberg. This sparks a long and fruitful correspondence. Paints Composition IV and Composition V.
1912 Publication of his book, On the Spiritual in Art. The Blue Rider Almanac is issued.
1913 Publication in Berlin of the German version of an autobiographical text, Rückblicke [Backward Glances]. Paints Composition VI and Composition VII.
1914 Kandinsky leaves Germany for Switzerland before moving to Moscow.
1917 Meets and weds Nina Andreevskaya. After the Revolution, he becomes involved in setting up new art teaching structures.
1918 He joins IZO, a state visual arts organisation, in which he collaborates with Rodchenko, and teaches at the national arts workshops in Moscow.
1920 Participates in the 19th state exhibition held in Moscow.
1922 Settles in Germany, teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Kandinsky forms friendships with Paul Klee and Josef Albers.
1925 The Bauhaus moves to Dessau, where a new school building and masters’ dwellings are constructed.
1926 Publication of Point and Line to Plane, written ten years earlier in Moscow.
1927 Begins to correspond with Christian Zervos, editor-in-chief of Cahiers d’Art. Obtains German nationality.
1929 Solomon Guggenheim and his adviser, the artist Hilla Rebay, visit Kandinsky in Dessau and start collecting his works. Exhibition at the Galerie Zak, Paris.
1932 Bauhaus moves into the suburbs of Berlin. It is shut down a year later.
Late 1933 The Kandinskys move to Neuilly-sur-Seine.
1939 Acquires French citizenship. In spite of the outbreak of war, he continues to exhibit in Paris, as well as in Los Angeles and New York in 1941, though he refuses to flee to the United States.
1942 Paints his last large-sized canvas, henceforth opting for smaller works on cardboard.
1944 Exhibits with Nicolas de Staël at the Galerie Jeanne Bucher in Paris, then at the Galerie Esquisse. Wassily Kandinsky dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 3 December, aged 78.