Vienna

Piet Mondrian, Windmill by Sunlight, 1908, oil on canvas, 44 7/8 x 34 1/4". © 2004 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust.

Piet Mondrian, Windmill by Sunlight, 1908, oil on canvas, 44 7/8 x 34 1/4". © 2004 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust.

Vienna

Piet Mondrian

Albertina
Albertinaplatz 1
March 11–June 19, 2005

Curated by Antonia Hoerschelmann

Dealing the latest blow to the old idealist account of Mondrian’s abstraction, this retrospective of some one hundred paintings and rarely exhibited large-format drawings (all made between 1898 and 1943) foregrounds the mutual imbrication of the two media in the artist’s spectacular oeuvre. This issue has been tackled before, most provocatively in a 1994 retrospective cocurated by veteran Mondrian specialist Joop Joosten (author of the present show’s catalogue) that devoted a whole section to an elucidation of Mondrian’s working process after 1920. What’s new at the Albertina—apart from being the first time Vienna will see Mondrian en masse—is a detailed consideration of drawing’s fundamental role in the painter’s passage to abstraction in the 1910s.