The Courtauld Gallery Presents Piet Mondrian & Ben Nicholson "In Parallel"
London.- The Courtald Gallery at Somerset House is pleased to present “Mondrian I Nicholson: In Parallel”, on view through May 20th. This exhibition tells the remarkable story of the creative relationship between Piet Mondrian, one of the most celebrated painters of the 20th century, and Ben Nicholson, one of the UK’s greatest modern artists. It has been conceived around The Courtauld’s important Nicholson canvas, “1937 (painting)”, and will unite a group of major paintings and reliefs to explore the parallel artistic paths charted by the two artists during the 1930s. Their friendship culminated with Mondrian moving from Paris to London in 1938, at Nicholson’s invitation, and the two working in neighbouring studios in Parkhill Road, Hampstead, when for a short period London was an international centre of modernist art. The works selected for the exhibition each have a particular historical significance. Paintings and reliefs that were shown together in exhibitions or included in avant-garde publications during the 1930s will be reunited. Other works were originally bought by influential members of their circle in London, or were produced whilst the artists occupied neighbouring studios in Hampstead. In addition, a selection of archival material, including photographs and a group of Mondrian’s and Nicholson’s letters, will offer further insights into this fascinating relationship.