Mondrian and De Stijl at Reina Sofia

Inventarienr: NM 6080 Konstnärens namn: Piet Mondrian Titel: Picture II 1936-43, with Yellow, Red and Blue Datum: 1936 - 1943

Running until 1st March 2021, Mondrian and De Stijl is staged at the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, in collaboration with the Stichting Kunstmuseum den Haag.

This brilliant exhibition explores Mondrian’s De Stijl years through archival materials, works by Mondrian himself alongside sixty by fellow artists including Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck, Georges Vantongerloo or Vilmos Huszár.

The De Stijl movement which had a profound impact on post WWI culture was born in October 1917 as a magazine. It promoted pioneering art which aimed to merge all creative disciplines, from painting, architecture, visual arts to sculpture and design.

Curator of the exhibition, Hans Janssen, explained that “there are so many good reasons to conclude that Piet Mondrian, a visual arts hero, is the modernist artist by definition.”

These important innovations are featured in nine remarkable rooms which spotlight the artists’ rigour and talents. The accompanying catalog sheds new light on how Mondrian approached the presentation of his work both providing meaning on them and by extension, to the world and spaces that surround them. This exhibition is an immersion into one of visual culture’s most important movements.

Image: Piet Mondrian, Picture II 1936-43, with Yellow, Red and Blue, 1936-43. Oil on canvas. 60 x 55 cm. Moderna Museet Stockholm, purchase 1967 © 2020 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust.