Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel

16 February - 20 May 2012

Painting 1937 by Ben NicholsonComposition C (No III) with Red, Yellow and Blue by Piet Mondrian 1937 by Ben Nicholson

Image credits, l-r:  Ben Nicholson, 1937, The Courtauld Gallery, London, Piet Mondrian Composition C (No III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, Private collection on loan to Tate © 2012 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International Washington DC; Piet Mondrian in Hampstead, c.1939-1940, photographer: John Cecil Stephenson, Tate Archive, London; 

This exhibition explored the largely untold relationship between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson during the 1930's. At this time the two artists were leading forces of abstract art in Europe.

Their friendship culminated with Mondrian moving to London in 1938, at Nicholson's invitation, where the two worked in neighbouring Hampstead studios at the centre of an international community of avant-garde artists. 

The exhibition brought together an extraordinary group of major paintings and reliefs to explore the parallel paths Mondrian and Nicholson charted during this exciting decade. It revealed how each was driven by a profound belief in the potential of abstract art to create new forms of beauty and visual power. 

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