Art Deco Museum in The Hague hosts 300 works by Mondrian
“You have to see the largest Mondrian collection in the world”, says my friend David.
“I wish, but this is my last day in Holland – I am running out of time.”
“But Victory Boogie-Woogie is on display here! Think about it.”
The purchase of Victory Boogie-Woogie, the latest work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, caused a huge dispute in the Netherlands in 1999. The abstract painting, which was left unfinished by Mondrian when he died in 1944, was bought by the central bank in the Netherlands at the cost of 35 million Euros from a private American collector – a sum so huge that it generated bitter controversy among politicians who were rebuked by the public for using taxpayer money unwisely.
Today with almost 300 works, the Mondrian collection of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague is unique in the world as it covers every phase in the impressive career of this master of modern art (see pictures below).
I immediately fell in love with this beautiful Art Deco building, which was designed by Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage, also called the ‘Dutch Frank Lloyd Wright’ or the ‘The Father of Modern Architecture in Holland’.
This dazzling piece of architecture, which has been home to the museum since it was completed in 1935, has been named “authority in the field of art and fashion”, and is indeed a jewel. It hosts an excellent collection of modern art, showing works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky, Louise Bourgeois, Francis Bacon and many others.
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