The largest retrospective of the works of Dutch minimalist Piet Mondrian is on exhibition at Pompidou Center in Paris through March 21. To many, this name is spelled in squares; reds, blues, whites, yellows, shades of grey and thick black lines! Mondrian helped to change the face of modern art, not only in painting and sculpture but in graphic design, fashion and architecture. This retrospective is the very first in France to shed light on this key moment in the history of 20th century art (The last Mondrian retrospective here was in 1969 at the Orangerie). It show his journey from Dutch landscapes to abstract grids, and his obsession with geometry – and the colour green.
Mondrian resided in the Montparnasse district from 1912-1938, an incredible moment in world history. Paris was a crucible of artistic innovation in between the two World Wars… Besides 100 of Mondrian’s paintings, the first part of the exhibition re-creates the artist’s Montparnasse studio, a 3-D rendering in interior decoration of his signature designs. The second part of the exhibition explores the avant-garde movement that Mondrian helped to found… Of all modern artists, he is is probably the one most neglected by French museums: one good reason not to miss this new celebration of the greatest abstract painter to have lived in Paris.