OH MY GOD! Mondrian artwork in German art gallery found hanging upside down for 75 years

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In an absolute ‘OMG!’ development, the Mondrian artwork found in an art gallery in Germany, was recently discovered to have been hanging upside down – for 75 years! Piet Mondrian’s work titled “New York City 1” was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1945, and since 1980 has been on display at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen art collection, in Germany.

At a recent event celebrating the legacy of Piet Mondrian, exhibition curator Susanne mentioned that during her research for a new museum exhibition, she discovered that the image that has been hailed for decades by art lovers hung upside down.

“The thickening of the grid should be at the top, like a dark sky. Once I pointed it out to the other curators, we realized it was very obvious. I’m 100% sure the photo is the wrong way up,” Sussanne said.

She also mentioned that correcting the artwork by returning it would ruin the artwork. “Adhesive tapes are already extremely loose and hanging by a thread. If you were to flip it now, gravity would pull it in another direction,” she said.

What caused the shocking error? “It’s impossible to tell,” Sussanne said, adding that the story was part of the artwork.

The facts of the case

For all its nuisances and intricacies, abstract art is one of the most polarizing art forms created by mankind. Although he has his share of fans, his critics often invoke the “it-doesn’t-even-make-sense” aspect of abstract art. And a new development appeared that would give a little more material to abstract art critics.


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Oops! The curator of the exhibition realizes a mistake

In a popular German art gallery, a work by famous Dutch painter Piet Mondrian titled “New York City 1” hung. For years, the work attracted hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts, who tried to interpret its abstractions in their own way.

Now, according to new revelations from the curator of the exhibition, Susanne Meyer-Büser, the work has been hanging upside down – for 75 years!


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What it is VS what it should be

The artwork features bright asymmetrical lines of red, black, blue and yellow tape against a white background – showing the skyline of a bygone New York. However, when Susanne Meyer-Büser was doing a series of searches, she discovered that the work was hanging upside down.

“The thickening of the grid should be at the top, like a dark sky. Once I pointed it out to the other curators, we realized it was very obvious. I am 100% certain the photo is the wrong way up,” she was quoted in a Guardian report.

How did the error occur?

One of the clues that justified the exhibition of the work upside down was a photo taken in 1944 which shows the work with blue, yellow and red bands at the top. While for the past seven decades, said bands have been featured on the bottom.

Despite accepting and acknowledging the decades-old error, the exhibition has decided not to course-correct and intends to do what it has always done – show the artwork upside down. .

One of the main reasons to do so is to avoid risking destroying it.


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“Part of Labor history..”

“Adhesive tapes are already extremely loose and hanging by a thread. If you were to flip it now, gravity would pull it in another direction. And that is now part of the history of the work,” said museum curator Susanne Meyer-Büser.

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