1ER DECEMBER 2010-21 MARCH 2011
GALERIE 1, LEVEL 6 (2100m2)
The MONDRIAN/DE STIJL exhibition at the Centre Pompidou links the career of one
of the greatest abstract painters of the 20th century to the story of one of the most
fertile art movements of European modernism.
A key element of any understanding of the springs of modern art, between the end
of the first decade of the century and the close of the Twenties the avant-garde
movement De Stijl (Style) elaborated a vision of both art and society that aspired to
universality, nourishing the ambition for a “total art.” It was in Paris, between 1912
and 1938, that Piet Mondrian, the central figure of the movement and its most famous
representative, pursued his quest for visual harmony. Seeking a universal language
of forms and primary colours, his radical abstraction sought to go beyond painting.
For Mondrian and other De Stijl artists, the total work of art was the key to a
new world, the symbol of a renewed human community characterised by a perfect
equilibrium in which each element combines with every other to form a whole.
Informations:The Centre Pompidou is open every day except Tuesdays and May 1st.
Museum and Exhibitions: 11am to 9pm, (last admissions 8pm). Night openings for main exhibitions, see agenda.