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”).Read more about the artist
Spanish artist Salvador Dalí (Figueras 1904 – 1989) was a groundbreaking icon of the Surrealist movement. He is consired one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Extraordinarily imaginative, he also sculpted, and contributed to fashion, photography and theater.Read more about the artist
After his death in New York in 1944, Piet Mondrian was not immediately considered a great artist by the Netherlands. Yet his reputation grew in the decades following the Second World War to one of international stature. Art historians and curators, supported by radio and television makers, did their utmost to make his art accessible to a broad public. In this, grateful use was made of Mondrian’s own statement about the path he had taken to reach abstraction. Salvador Dalì, Mondrian’s collegue and rival, needed no explanation; the artist made smart use of the possibilities offered by television, so that an exhibition about his work was a guaranteed success with the public.
Philosopher Jan Bor points out that Mondrian’s paintings are always discussed in terms of (western) neo-platonism, yet his vision on the nature of reality is coloured by a different, non-western tradition of thought. Both speakers profile Mondrian and Dalì in comparison with each other and their argumentation is supported with sources from the history of Dutch radio and television.