Paris

De Stijl (Georges Vantongerloo), Composition, 1917-1918, oil on canvas, 8 x 10".

De Stijl (Georges Vantongerloo), Composition, 1917-1918, oil on canvas, 8 x 10".

Paris

Mondrian in Paris: 1912-1938

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
December 1, 2010–March 21, 2011

Curated by Brigitte Leal

Piet Mondrian spent the bulk of his career in Paris (1912 to 1938, minus the World War I years), sublimating its traffic and jazz into the “dynamic equilibrium” of his paintings. Yet the French ignored their famous Dutch resident for far too long, and his work is still barely represented in his adopted city. This retrospective, comprising some eighty works from the painter’s Paris years, will be paired at the Pompidou with a substantial De Stijl exhibition (curated by Frédéric Migayrou and simultaneously on view), and together they promise a corrective, offering an intensive look at Mondrian’s formal development and a complementary account of the extroverted movement, cutting across disciplinary and international borders, that he helped to launch. The link between the two shows will be a reconstruction of Mondrian’s rue du Départ studio—a work of art in itself.