Mondrian painting hung upside down for 77 years

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 Mondrian painting hung upside down for 77 years

The artwork by Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian has been exhibited upside down for 77 years, an art critic said on Thursday.

New York 1, a 1941 painting , is a grid of blue, yellow, red and black adhesive tapes. Mondrian's signature is not on the work, probably because he did not consider the work finished.

The error was noticed by art critic Susanne Meyer-Buser, who drew attention to a photograph of this work in Mondrian's studio, taken shortly after his death in 1944, where the painting was not displayed in the same way as it had been exhibited since 1945, when it was first shown to the public at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

The work hangs at the Mondrian exhibition in the German Museum K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf since 1980.

picture, "extremely weakened and kept on parole", — Meyer-Buser told The Guardian that the artwork will remain hanging as it has been for the past 77 years, as flipping it over could damage it.

“Now it's part of the work's history,” — Meyer-Buser said.

The Netherlands-born Mondrian was one of the most famous artists of the 20th century and a co-founder of the Dutch abstract art movement De Stijl (Style).

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