The exhibition is timed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the artist's death and it tracks his path from figurative art through to abstraction. As well as the largest number of neo-plastic paintings by Mondrian ever exhibited in Britain, it also has a life size reconstruction of his Parisian studio. I'm not a huge fan of Mondrian's paintings but this and the personal items on display are absolutely fascinating.
Yes I saw that you all baulked when I said I wasn't a fan. Personally if you've seen one Broadway Boogie Woogie you've seen them all, however, the principles of De Stjil are right up there in my book. De Stjil was the Dutch avant-garde movement which Mondrian founded and it is their principles which has had such a profound effect on both the art and design worlds. There is a direct line from the ideas propounded by De Stjil to modernism and minimalism, both of which I am very fond of. Yes we have had the Yves St Laurent De Stjil dress, Sarah Schofield's De Stjil swimsuit as well as a million tacky Mondrianesque prints on everything from trainers to plastic bags.
It is the idea of distilling both colour and form down to their essential forms as well as the use of asymmetry is where the real impact, especially in fashion is felt. Without Mondrian and his ideas on abstraction, we would not have the concepts of colour blocking, nor the elegant simplicity of designers such as Raf Simons work at Jil Sander, Phoebe Philo at Celine or Maison Martin Margiela amongst many, many others.
Raf Simons for Jil Sander Fall 2012
Phoebe Philo at Celine 2011
Maison Martin Margiela SS 2013
Individual collections such as Prada's Fall 2011 collection have also directly referenced Mondrian with the use of grid lines and colour blocking.
Mondrian and his Studios and Nasreen Mohamedi runs from 6th June to 5th October.
More info can be found here Tate Liverpool