Reconstruction of 26 Rue du Départ, Paris Photograph © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA
Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition features the abstract artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian. Mondrian is recognised for his influences in the evolution of abstract art in the early 20th century. The exhibition, Mondrian and his Studios, will display the artist’s relationship with architecture and urbanism, and his impact on the development of modern thought.
Mondrian’s connection between painting and architecture was influenced by his move to Paris in 1911. Commemorating the 70th anniversary of his death, a highlight of the exhibition is the life size reconstruction of Mondrian’s Paris studio. Guests are able to experience the unique atmosphere the artist created. The exhibition encompasses the artist’s importance in the field of abstraction, but also considers his intricate relationship between his artworks and the dimensions surrounding them.
Drawings from his 1914 series Pier and Ocean, Mondrian explores the surface of the sea and its plastic features which compelled him to evolve his abstract vocabulary. His portraits of the ocean and church helped him create the grid that developed into his signature abstract style. In reflection to the location, the gallery will feature this series where visitors can admire views of the River Mersey from Tate’s fourth floor riverside galleries.
Exploring his connections with architecture and urbanism, the exhibition will feature a comparison of Mondrian’s early Parisian work and his artworks crafted in an avant-garde depiction of New York. You can expect to see his prominent neo-plastic works, abstract painting curated in his own style of defined lines and distinguished primary colours.
Mondrian and his Studios will be presented alongside Dutch artist, Nasreen Mohamedi, who is also best known for distinctive style to abstraction.