Piet Mondrian (1915).
When people walk into the complex they will set foot in the wonderful world of Piet Mondrian and “De Stijl-kunstbeweging” (The Style-art movement), but it will be in a contemporary design. Mondrian Mind pays homage to Piet Mondrian, one of the most important art pioneers from the early 20th century. Unfortunately, Mondrian didn’t receive sufficient recognition for his creations during his lifetime and in subsequent years after, nor did many other important artists of De Stijl-art movement. The work of this group of artists deserves more attention and recognition. Therefore, this unique building complex is designed (as a monument) as a dedication to this important art movement, and in particular, to Piet Mondrian.
Mondrian became interested in geometrical basic forms around his 30th birthday. His landscape paintings began to evolve into an abstract direction. He was one of the pioneers of abstract art and one of the founders of De Stijl-art movement. His work with straight lines and stark shapes, including the primary colours red, yellow, and blue, is world famous. This style has become an important source of inspiration for many architects, sculptors, graphic and industrial designers, and also for fashion and many other applied arts, up to the present day.
Mondrian was searching for an artform that could stand-alone which he called Neoplasticism; “De Nieuwe Beelding”, in Dutch. This idea should exclude coincidence but embrace a universal harmony. Mondrian worked in various cities in the Netherlands, as well as in Paris, London, and finally in New York, where he died at the age of 72.
Today, Mondrian is considered a key creator of the non-representational art form.