MONDRIAAN 1872-1944 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1955
On 20th November 2002 I visited the gallery and with the kind help of the archivist, Janeen Haythornwaite, went through the records of the exhibition. Regrettably there are no installation photographs showing the layout of the exhibition, but there is a lot of interesting background information which I will gradually sift through. The only remaining poster, shown right, is not in mint condition. I have 18 pages of press clippings, some interesting correspondence from Ben Nicholson I will try to decipher and evidence that there is an error in the Catalogue Raisonné on the listing of pictures exhibited.
Sadly, Bryan Robertson, the gallery's director at the time of the Mondrian show and the decades following had just died. He did a great deal to revitalise the Whitechapel after the war and his passing had clearly affected the gallery staff.
The table at the bottom of the page gives the catalogue details.
This is a fantastic selection of works. It will take a while to assemble colour versions of all of those and I may have to make do with the B&W versions in the catalogue for some. At first I tried to keep the sizes of the images in proportion to the originals but have now switched to a standard height for all as a compromise between viewing convenience and detail available.
Apologies for the delay in assembling and presenting the pictures. This is taking longer than I had hoped and the FrontPage gallery is not a particularly sophisticated tool.
List of works exhibited from the Catalogue Raisonné, vol 2, appendix 2 page 53.
The first number is the exhibition catalogue entry and the second entry the
reference in the
Catalogue Raisonné. For
example, 3:A290 is the third work in the exhibition catalogue (The River Gein:
Trees at Water's Edge c. 1902) and is A290 in the Catalogue Raisonné
(Row of Eight Young Willows Reflected in the Water c. 1905).