The tumult of the Second World War led to a veritable exodus of European artists and intellectuals to the United States, including Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. His studio in New York, where he worked from 1940 until his death in 1944, symbolized a crucial locus of exchange in artistic ideas between Europe and America. This dialogue brings together two Mondrian specialists: Nancy Troy, author of The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian (University of Chicago Press, 2013), which studies the artist’s legacy and influence in fashion, graphic design, and consumer commodities; and Hans Janssen, author of a forthcoming new biography of the artist. Janssen is also curator at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, which holds the world’s largest collection of works by Mondrian, including Victory Boogie-Woogie, Mondrian’s last, unfinished painting, created in New York in anticipation of the end of the war, which he did not live to witness.
- Hans Janssen, Curator of Modern Art, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
- Nancy J. Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and Chair of the Art & Art History Department, Stanford University
This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by April 25 to:
“Mondriaan into Mondrian” is the fourth event in the conference series “Holland-America: A Transatlantic Dialogue, from 1609 to Today.” For more information about the series, please visit: