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"The Transatlantic Paintings: Work by Piet Mondrian"
2001-08-19 until 2001-11-25
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, TX, USA

The Dallas Museum of Art presents four perspectives on the art of Piet Mondrian, the Dutch master who was a pioneer in the development of abstract art. The exhibition, located in the Museum’s J. E. R. Chilton Galleries, offers insight into different aspects and time periods of Mondrian’s long career, while presenting beautiful paintings that provide evidence of his technical mastery and artistic eminence.

The Transatlantic Paintings, organized by the Harvard University Art Museums, examines Mondrians paintings from several perspectives: as unique documents of the “intellectual migration” from Europe to America around World War II; as the means by which an artist concerned with evolution and continuity dealt with displacement and exile; and as an important episode in the ongoing dialogue between painting and music, and between “high” and “low” culture. This exhibition features the DMA’s own masterpiece by Mondrian, Place de la Concorde.

Dallas Collects is an installation of 11 works from the DMA’s holdings of this major artist’s work, presenting an overview of Mondrian’s full career with paintings from 1903 to 1942. We celebrate especially the generosity of James H. and Lillian Clark, whose extraordinary gift to the Museum embraces works by modern masters including Mondrian, Brancusi, and Léger.

Color in Space features a re-creation of the 1923 Berlin exhibition space designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Vilmos Huszar. This full-scale room offers an experience of an integral De Stijl environment using the same geometric blocks of color employed by Mondrian in his neoplastic paintings.

America Responds, the final “chapter” of the DMA’s exhibition, shows Mondrian’s impact on American artists, and features the Museum’s recent acquisition of Homage to Victory Boogie Woogie #1 (1946) by Leon Polk. Other artists include Harry Holtzman, Burgoyne Diller, and Charmion von Wiegand.


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