Mondrian’s Spiritual Path

July 27, 2018

Museum Villa Mondriaan will present the exhibition ‘The Spiritual Path' from September 21, 2018 to March 3, 2019 in collaboration with Gemeentemuseum The Hague. The autumn exhibition will focus on Mondriaan’s religious quest. Benno Tempel, director of Gemeentemuseum The Hague, will be guest curator of this exhibition.

The religious and philosophical ideas that were prominent in Piet Mondrian’s life were crucial for his quest for abstraction. Mondrian spent his youth in Winterswijk in a strict protestant family. In his Winterswijk paintings he was clearly influenced by his faith. After moving to Amsterdam to study at the National Academy of Art he let go of the protestant ideas. In the capital he became acquainted with theosophy. He fell under the spell of Madame Blavatsky’s and Rudolph Steiner’s theosophical work. Slowly but surely the spiritual lifestyle superseded his protestant faith.

The exhibition in museum Villa Mondriaan portrays Mondrian’s religious development, beginning at his christening in Amersfoort until his first contact with the theosophical views. The visitor will travel with Mondrian on his spiritual journey through a varied selection of religious paintings and extraordinary historical objects and photos. The audio guide has been voiced by guest curator Benno Tempel.