Mondrian painting hung upside-down for 75 years, mocking everyone who ever stood in front of it stroking their smug pretentious chins

I hope there is a person out there who laughed their ass off about purposely hanging that upside down and no one noticing for decades

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Abstract painting hung upside-down get a shrug from me.

Representational art hung upside-down? Now that’s a giggle.

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Maybe it was upside down in his studio! :slight_smile:

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Who placed the wire/mounting hardware? Was it the artist or the gallery? Entirely possible it was upside down on the easel for a time because it would be easier to access the area he was working on.

Also - when it comes to this sort of thing - orientation isn’t really that important.

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That’s bound to be the theme of at least one carnival float next year.
Possibly at Cologne, though.

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" Le Bateau caused a minor stir when the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which housed it, hung the work upside-down for 47 days in 1961 until Genevieve Habert, a stockbroker, noticed the mistake and notified a guard. Habert later informed *The New York Times, which in turn notified Monroe Wheeler, the Museum’s art director. As a result, the artwork was rehung properly."

What a tortuous chain of events; it could be the plot to a Wes Anderson film. I’d like to see Adrien Brody cast as “the guard”, and Tild Swinton as “the stockbroker, Genevieve Habert”.

@Mister44 Orientation is, I hear, a Social Construct.

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How about rotating it by 90° four times a year.
Make it an event, a party to celebrate art, artists and the people who enjoy them. And let the art dealers pay for it.

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The joke is still on the gallery, the image is still 90 degrees out of true; Mondrian created it as a table cloth.

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All set; let’s go!
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Or a ceiling painting to decorate the bridge of - you know what, scratch that.

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There’s a statue in Coventry they can protest around


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That is not true.

Humans have a primal understanding of color, composition, etc. of the world around them. Art works to support or offset our expectations.

There is a significant difference in how that piece of art is perceived, depending on whether the far-apart yellow or the close-together blue dominates the upper part of the canvas.

One could argue for either orientation, but the point is the artist would have had a specific orientation in mind, and created the piece based on that.

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Fair point, but I’d argue with most of Mondrian works and some other artists, the composition is equally strong regardless of orientation (or at least in multiple orientations.)

I am not sure how Mondrian worked, if he rotated canvas to better access specific areas, whether the “up” and “down” was predetermined. But I do know artists like Pollack didn’t have a set orientation while working on his works. He worked around the whole piece. Certainly the dimensions usually dictated a landscape format vs portrait, but IIRC my modern art history classes, he would sometimes decide on proper orientation after the fact.

You’re right an artist usually has a specific orientation in mind either before, during, or after the piece is completed. I am not suggesting Pollack or Mondrian didn’t usually have a “proper” orientation in mind. But it isn’t always clear if they did, and I don’t think the artwork suffers from a different orientation in some cases. I used to look at a lot of abstract expressionism and I would often turn the books around to see how orientation changed the composition. I was trying to “get” what makes good composition. And in some works you can definitely find a clear "winner’. But other times I felt more than one option were equally strong.

As with all art, it is subjective, YMMV.

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Alternative headline: “Mondrian Painting Takes On A Whole New Meaning.”

Alternative headline: “Mondrian Painting’s Meaning Just as Obscure as Ever.”

@the_borderer ISWYDT. Well played.

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S-s-s-studio line

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hapsburg

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And when the clocks go back?

(sorry, trying to be topical).

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