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Mondrian Evolution

Ed. Sam Keller und Ulf Küster für die Fondation Beyeler, Susanne Gaensheimer, Kathrin Beßen und Susanne Meyer-Büser für die Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, text(s) by Kathrin Beßen, Ulf Küster, Susanne Meyer-Büser, Bridget Riley, Benno Tempel, Caro Verbeek, Charlotte Sarrazin, graphic design by Irma Boom


2022. 264 pp., 308 ills.

Paperback with Flaps

21.50 x 26.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5237-4

From luminous landscapes to purist abstraction

Piet Mondrian had a decisive influence on the development of painting from figuration to abstraction. On the occasion of his 150th birthday, Mondrian Evolution is dedicated to his multifaceted work and artistic development. Initially working in the tradition of late-nineteenth century Dutch landscape painting, Symbolism and Cubism subsequently took on great significance for him. It was not until the early 1920s that the artist focused on a wholly non-representational pictorial vocabulary, concentrated on the rectangular arrangement of black lines with surfaces in white and the primary colors blue, red, and yellow. In separate chapters, this path is traced through motifs such as windmills, dunes, the sea, farms reflected in the water, and plants in various forms of abstraction.

PIET MONDRIAN (1872–1944) was one of the pioneers of abstract art. Hailing from a strict Calvinist family, the artist became famous for his compositions of black lines and rectangular fields in primary colors, but his early work was influenced by 19th century Dutch landscape painting.


Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel
June 5–October 9, 2022
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
October 28, 2022–February 12, 2023

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