Admire the biggest Mondrian collection in The Hague
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
The Kunstmuseum in The Hague boasts the world’s biggest Mondrian collection. The spectacular permanent exhibition Mondriaan & De Stijl shows how Mondrian evolved from a talented landscape painter into a pioneer in abstract art. You can see every stage of Mondrian’s voyage of discovery through art at the Kunstmuseum: from verdant, realist landscapes through brightly colored windmills to his world-famous abstract compositions with red, yellow and blue shapes.
Victory Boogie Woogie
The Kunstmuseum also displays Mondrian’s most famous work: his uncompleted masterpiece Victory Boogie Woogie. Mondrian painted it while living in New York. Amid the skyscrapers of this metropolis, he became fascinated with the rhythm of the boogie woogie. He wanted to visualize the energy of this new music on canvas. Mondrian worked on the diamond-shaped painting until a few days before he died, creating 574 colored squares with paint, tape, and cardboard. Experience the impact of this ultimate apex in Mondrian’s career for yourself.
Art in The Hague
The Kunstmuseum does not only show works by De Stijl. With 150,000 works of art, it is one of Europe’s biggest art museums. Here, you will discover top works by artist icons, including Picasso, Kandinsky, Monet, and Francis Bacon.
There is more high-end art of international standing in the rest of the city. Rembrandt and Vermeer are among the collection of old masters at the Mauritshuis, while the optical illusions of M.C. Escher will tantalize your senses at Escher in het Paleis and Museum Beelden aan Zee displays a wealth of sculptures amid the dunes of Scheveningen.
Has Mondrian’s work inspired you after visiting the Kunstmuseum? Discover the places that played an important part in Mondrian’s life. One great place to see is the Mondrian House in Amersfoort, the house in which he was born that has become a beautiful museum. Or admire another De Stijl icon, Rietveld’s red and blue chair, at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.