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Mondrian image has been hanging upside down for decades

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Mondrian image has been hanging upside down for decades

The iconic painting “New York City 1” by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down for decades – and so far nobody has noticed. However, one no longer wants to turn the painting around.

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Piet Mondrian’s painting “New York City 1” has been hanging in the art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia for years – but upside down!

A main abstract work by the Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) has been hanging upside down in a German museum for decades, probably in the wrong direction. This was revealed by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen on Thursday at the press conference for the “Mondrian.Evolution” exhibition, which is being shown to mark the Dutch artist’s 150th birthday.

The picture “New York City 1”, created in 1941 and consisting of horizontal and vertical red, yellow and blue adhesive strips, has been part of the inventory of the NRW State Gallery since 1980. In contrast to the almost identical “sister picture” in oil that was created at the same time and that hangs in the Center Pompidou in Paris, the adhesive tape picture was rotated by 180 degrees shortly after Mondrian’s death in 1944, says curator Susanne Meyer-Büser.

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