Piet Mondrian for the first time in Milan, in an exhibition project entirely dedicated to the Dutch artist and the artistic evolutionary process that led him from figuration to abstraction, from the tradition of the Dutch landscape to the development of his unique style, which made him unmistakable and universally famous.
The exhibition was created thanks to the collaboration of the Kunstmuseum den Haag, holder of the most important collection of Mondrian’s works in the world, and which has lent sixty works, chosen from Mondrian and other representative artists of the Hague School. Other masterpieces from important museums and private collections are also on display.
With the concept of the director of the Kunstmusem Benno Tempel and with the curatorship of Daniel Koep, Head of Exhibitions, and Doede Hardeman, Head of Collections, the path comes to life and winds through different thematic sections.
The common thread on which the comparison between the works of the early “figurative” period and those of the “abstract” period is expressed is that of the landscape. A visual and therefore immediate key to the stylistic evolution of the artist, which is also useful for understanding the same entirely abstract works of his last period.
A section of the exhibition is dedicated to “De Stijl” (or “Neoplasticism”), a movement born in the Netherlands in 1917 on the initiative of Mondrian himself and Theo van Doesburg and still active in the thirties, which innovated art, architecture and design.