Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) was one of the most important contributors to the development of abstract art at the beginning of the 20th century. This brand new exhibition, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the artist’s death, provides fresh insights into Mondrian’s practice and explores his relationship with architecture and urbanism.
Mondrian and his Studios considers not only Mondrian’s importance in the field of abstraction, but also the relationship between his iconic artworks and the space around them. Mondrian’s studios in Amsterdam, Paris and New York all reflected different stages of the painter’s way of thinking and of his intentions.
The exhibition focuses on this connection between painting and architecture after Mondrian’s move to Paris in 1911, with a fascinating reconstruction of his studio at 26 Rue du Depart, Paris being a major highlight of the display. Visitors can explore a life-size replica of the studio, and physically immerse themselves in Mondrian’s world and work.
The exhibition also features a diverse group of major abstract paintings. Tate Liverpool’s waterfront location provides the perfect setting for Mondrian’s 1914 series Pier and Ocean, which will be presented for visitors alongside the stunning views of the former Cunard liner piers seen from the fourth floor riverside galleries.
The exhibition also investigates Mondrian’s broader relationship with architecture and urbanism, particularly through a comparison of his earlier Parisian works and those made in the hectic modern cityscape ofNew York. Many of Mondrian’s best-known Neo-Plasticism works will be exhibited, featuring his own instantly recognisable abstract painting style comprising straight lines and clearly defined primary colours.
Tate Liverpool will be working closely with Plus Tate partner Turner Contemporarythroughout Mondrian and his Studios. Turner Contemporary, based in Margate, will present the exhibition Mondrian and Colour in collaboration with the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg from 25 May – 21 September 2014. Mondrian and Colourexplores the early period of the artist’s career, tracing the painter’s use of colour from figuration to early abstraction. Together, the exhibitions will focus the UK’s attention on this pioneer of abstract art, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of his death.
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