The Kunstsammlung museum inaugurated this Saturday a great retrospective of the artist, with the work “New York City 1”, from 1941, as the main piece. However, that painting was exposed for decades with its bottom side up
A painting by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian remained 77 years hanging upside down in prestigious museums, those responsible for the Kunstsammlung museum in the German city of Dsseldorf discovered this week, where it is currently on display.
That institution inaugurated this Saturday a great retrospective of the artist, with the work “New York City 1”, from 1941, as the main piece. However, that painting had been on display for decades with its bottom up, the museum said this week. “In a photo from 1944, I saw that the canvas was [colocado] in the other direction on the easel. That intrigued me,” said Susanne Meyer-Bser, curator of the exhibition, in an interview with the German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung.
The painting, made up of various red, yellow and blue lines that intersect at right angles, was exhibited “a year later”, in the wrong direction, at the Moma in New York, he added. And when the Düsseldorf museum received the painting in 1980, it hung in the same way. An error that could be caused by “the painting has no signature”, the curator pointed out. Thus, its meaning would have been determined by “the name of the painter, written on the back of the painting by the administrator of the estate” when Modrian died, in 1944.
Piet Mondrian, born in 1872, is one of the main figures of the Dutch “De Stijl” movement (“The style”), known for its horizontal and vertical lines and its primary colors. In 1940, the painter went to New York and was inspired by the skyscrapers of that city to create his paintings. He is known worldwide for his canvas “Victory Boogie Woogie”, considered one of the most important works of the 20th century.