David Batchelor: inspired by Mondriaan

00:04:18 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
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.
Piet Mondrian

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”).

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In the series 'Inspired by', contemporary artists exhibited in GEM or Gemeentemuseum Den Haag share stories about their work and sources of inspiration of the museum collection. 

The work of Batchelor turns around the experience of colors of modern urban life. For his installations he uses found objects, from household goods to light industry objects, from furniture rollers, balls of electricity wires to plastic bottles and cheap toys or sunglasses. These objects are either brightly colored themselvers or act as a carrier for vividly colored panels, which he often puts in the spotlight. 

The exhibition 'David Batchelors Magic Hour' was on display until 9 September 2012 and showed an overview of Batchelors sculptures, drawings and paintings. Besides his work as an artist, Batchelor also practics the author trade and wrote books like Chromophobia (2000) about color and the fear of color in the West and Colour (2008), an anthology of articles on colours which he edited.

Video credits

  • This video is produced by Gemeentemuseum Den Haag - Laura Stamps, Erik van Tuijn, Astrid Hulsmann & DOYOUREADME?!
  • Music: Blithe Field - You Are Here (Messy Life Records/Waaga Records)
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