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Mondrian exhibition and web site

From: Ron Spronk <spronk>
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2001
When Piet Mondrian fled Europe for New York in 1940, he brought with
him a small group of paintings, some of which were completed, others
unfinished. In New York, while preparing for his first solo
exhibition of January 1942, he decided to rework these canvasses. The
Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge, MA, are now staging the
exhibition "Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings," for which eleven
works from this group of seventeen and a twelfth unfinished
composition were brought together.

This exhibition in the Busch-Reisinger Museum (through July 22; it
will travel to the Dallas Art Museum in the fall) is of special
interest for conservators since it is the culmination of three years
of technical examinations as well as art historical research by Harry
Cooper and Ron Spronk, curators at the Harvard University Art
Museums. In addition to the full scholarly catalogue, the findings
from the technical research works are also presented in the
exhibition galleries through wall texts and innovative interactive
computer kiosks. This information is made available on the Web at

Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings is supported in part by a major
grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by an indemnity
from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The art
museums are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and
Sunday 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. They are closed on national holidays.

Ron Spronk
Associate Curator for Research,
Straus Center for Conservation
Harvard University Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA 02138
+617 495 0987
Fax: +617 495 0322

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