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Piet Mondrian painting was hanging upside down for 77 years, museum curator says

A painting by Dutch summary painter Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down for 77 years, says a curator on the German museum.

A big retrospective of the avant garde artist’s work went on show Saturday on the Kunstsammlung museum in Dusseldorf, and one of many items on present is “New York City 1,” painted in 1941.

But as she ready for the exhibition, curator Susanne Meyer-Buser found the painting had been introduced to the general public quite in a different way from the way it was maybe meant to be on present.

“In a photo from 1944, I saw that the canvas was the other way around on an easel. It intrigued me,” Meyer-Buser advised German every day Suddeutsche Zeitung.

The painting, consisting of a number of strains in blue, purple and yellow intersecting at proper angles, was then displayed shortly after within the fallacious method at MoMA in New York, the curator stated.

It was transferred to the Dusseldorf museum in 1980 and placed on present in the identical method.

Two men inspect the painting
Two males examine the painting “New York City 1 (unfinished)” (1941) by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian proven within the exhibition “Piet Mondrian – Vom Abbild zum Bild” on (*77*). 12, 2007, on the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, western Germany. 

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The error may have been made as a result of “the painting doesn’t have a signature,” in accordance with Meyer-Buser.

The resolution to current the work within the method it has been for many years was in all probability decided by “the artist’s name inscribed on the back of the frame by the administrator of the (artist’s estate)” on the time of Mondrian’s loss of life in 1944.

Mondrian, born in 1872, was a famous exponent of the Nineteen Twenties summary artwork motion generally known as “De Stijl” and was one of the influential figures in trendy artwork within the twentieth century.

In 1940, he moved to New York the place the skyscrapers and structure of the town would encourage his horizontal strains. He died in New York in 1944.

His most well-known art work is “Victory Boogie Woogie,” thought of one of the vital artworks of the twentieth century.

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