The Tate’s ‘Mondrian and his studios’ exhibition

The Tate Liverpool’s latest exhibition about Dutch painter Piet Mondrian entitled ‘Mondrian and his studios’ sadly left me rather deflated.

To see his work was interesting, it’s still incredibly modern despite being created more than half a century before with his paintings still adorning many contemporary style walls, so it was an experience to see them in person and not in print form.

The leaps he took, after being influenced by Picasso’s cubism movement, from figurative artist to abstraction is still truly iconic. While other artists at the time were still doing the very traditional style of representational art, Mondrian’s work must have been both shocking and exciting, something that is hard to remember when seeing his pieces on their own in a gallery and out of context of their time.

The works varied slightly over the decades but not greatly (not in the way Picasso’s did for example), and so the exhibition for me felt a bit one-dimensional.

That said, the reconstruction of his Paris studio was a real highlight. It allowed me to get in to the mind-set of the artist, imagining how he worked and lived with a bright, minimal interior that is not out of place in many trendy apartments, showing today’s contemporary style is classic Mondrian.

Overall it was an interesting exhibition that was just a bit lacking.

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