Words: Ioana Păunescu
Photo credit: Mike Bink Photography
Following the footsteps of Piet Mondrian and accompanying him on a trip along his unique art is looking through the eyes of the man who kept reinventing himself and his work. In Amersfoort, the Netherlands, Tinker Redevelops the House where Mondrian was born. And the opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl art movement.
The journey starts with a video installation of Mondrian’s oeuvre. A musical picture story that takes the visitors from his early landscapes and colourful seascapes to the abstract world he is famous for. Accompanied by the contemporary music that he liked, from Ravel to Jazz, from Stravinsky to Boogie-Woogie.
Mondrian spent his last years in New York, where he made a fresh start: he got rid of the black lines and explored new spaces in his work. Visitors enter Mondrian’s dream world, in which his work, the city, and his favorite music all melt together into one audio-visual spectacle.
The renovation of the interior was based on the concept of an empty canvas. When entering the Mondriaanhuis, you experience a white, bright space. Along the route through the museum, the canvas of his life is gradually filled in. The artistic signposts consist of large, coloured areas that refer to colours from his entire oeuvre, such as the dark greens or pinks from his early period. These have been hand painted in the layered structure that is characteristic of Mondrian. Before long, work on the Mondriaanhuis will continue with, among other things, a trip along the highlights of his Dutch period, an upgrade of the Parisian studio and DIY studio, and an intermezzo in London.
About Tinker imagineers
Tinker imagineers from Utrecht, Netherlands, established by Erik Bär and Stan Boshouwers, is an experience design bureau that has celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. A team of 40 consultants, designers, producers, content and multimedia developers realise musea, visitors centres and experiences for business and community organisations and has a broad national and international portfolio. Currently Tinker imagineers is working on the Tirpitz Museum in Denmark in collaboration with BIG Architects.