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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

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.