Villa Mondriaan is a Dutch museum located in Winterswijk on the early art of Piet Mondriaan (later known as Piet Mondrian). Piet Mondriaan grew up in Winterswijk and this is where he developed his passion for painting and drawing. Surrounded by his talented father and uncle, he learnt the first principles of the art of painting. Villa Mondriaan exhibits Mondriaan’s work in his old family home, displaying his first steps on his journey to abstraction.
Opened in 2013 by Princess Beatrix, Villa Mondriaan has become a household name in the Netherlands. The museum was established by Wim van Krimpen, former director of Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Currently the museum is led by Anne Kremers (25), the youngest museum director of the Netherlands. The development of young talent is one of the main aims of the museum. This is also visible in Villa Mondriaan’s contemporary art exhibitions, in which young artists like Jacco Olivier, Cyril Le Van, Diana Scherer and Benjamin Li are given a platform to showcase their talent.
Mondriaan and Nolde in nature
This summer Villa Mondriaan is presenting the exhibition Mondriaan and Nolde in nature in collaboration with the Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. From 16 May to 13 September the early paintings of Piet Mondriaan and German expressionist Emil Nolde will be displayed alongside one another. The world renowned artists both started their career painting landscapes and flowers, as they grew up on the country side. They painted a lot of their environment, in which farms, flowers and large cloudy skies are present. Their paintings give a realistic portrayal of the beauty of nature.
The exhibition focuses on the young talent of Mondriaan and Nolde. The upbringing and background of these contemporaries also play an important role in the development of their art. The exhibition will furthermore contain never before shown paintings of Emil Nolde.
Alongside the exhibition, the catalogue Mondriaan and Nolde in nature will be published, distributed by Waanders & De Kunst.