Piet Mondrian

5 videos

Artist Piet Mondrian, original name Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan (NL,1872—USA 1944) was an important leader in the development of modern abstract art and a major exponent of the Dutch abstract art movement known as De Stijl (“The Style”), which was founded by Theo van Doesburg.

Mondrian is recognized for the purity of his abstractions and the methodical practice by which he arrived at them. He radically simplified the elements of his paintings to reflect what he saw as the spiritual order underlying the visible world, creating a clear, universal aesthetic language within his canvases.

In his best known paintings from the 1920s, Mondrian reduced his shapes to lines and rectangles and his palette to fundamental basics pushing past references to the outside world toward pure abstraction. His ideas and practises were crucial in the development of modern art, and his iconic abstract works remain influential in design and familiar in popular culture to this date.

5 videos

  • Mondrian and Cubism - Paris 1912-1914

    Film on the occasion of the exhibition Mondrian and Cubism - Paris 1912-1914 in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

  • David Batchelor: inspired by Mondriaan

    David Batchelor is the first artist in the series 'Inspired by...', a series where artists share their source of inspiration. His artist of choice is Piet Mondriaan, with the Victory Boogie Woogie in special.

  • BoijmansTV: Order and Harmony

    Tour-guide Bregje tries to explain the painting Composition nr. II by Mondrian in episode 2 of BoijmansTV season 2 to a group that visually constantly doubles itself.

  • MONDRIAN – DALÌ: the monographic exhibition

    In this episode of the series ‘Iconic exhibitions in the 20th century’, art historian Carel Blotkamp explains that Mondrian’s development was not as logical and self-evident as is generally suggested.

  • Paulo and Mondrian

    Paulo the Parrot lives in the museum and often goes exploring. This time he meets a painting by Mondrian, full of colours, shapes and lines. What happens if a line is moved?