Piet Mondrian's famous painting hung upside down for over 70 years

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 Piet Mondrian's famous painting hung upside down for over 70 years

An art historian has discovered that a painting by Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down in various museums since it was first put on display over 70 years ago.

The Guardian reports.

A 1941 painting titled “New York City I” (New York City I) was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1945, but still hangs in the North Rhine-Westphalia art collection in Düsseldorf.

When curated by Susanna Meyer-Büser began to explore the new museum exhibition, she realized that the painting was hanging upside down.

The fact that the painting was hanging in the museum in the wrong position is also indicated by a photograph of Mondrian's workshop, taken a few days after the artist's death . The photo shows the same painting on an easel with the other side up.

The Guardian notes that despite the opening, the painting will continue to hang upside down to prevent damage to the canvas.

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