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Out and about with Piet Mondrian: Mondrian Route now online

Piet Mondrian is so much more than the red, blue, white, yellow and black that brought him worldwide fame. A new website created by Gifted Art Foundation (Stichting Gifted Art) can bring you closer to the artist. On mondriaanroute.com you can plan walking and cycle routes and literally follow in Mondrian's footsteps in Amsterdam, Domburg, Laren and Blaricum, Winterswijk and along the Gein in Abcoude.


Rich source material

The website has been developed using the standard publication, from 1998, Piet Mondrian: Catalogue Raisonné. In addition it uses other, recent literature about Mondrian's life and work. The site is richly illustrated with images taken principally from the RKD. The setting up of mondriaanroute.com has been supervised by Mondrian experts Hans Janssen (Kunstmuseum The Hague) and Wietse Coppes (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History). 

1. Homepage of mondriaanroute.com
2. Reinier Drektraan, Piet Mondrian in his studio at 42 Sarphatistraat, Amsterdam, 1908, Piet Mondrian archive, RKD


Home computer and smartphone 

Art historian Judith de Bruijn developed the website on behalf of Gifted Art. Jaap van Duijn, Chair of Gifted Art: "The goal was to make a site which brings together a lot of information about Mondrian in an accessible way and which works equally well on the home computer and out on location using your mobile. So you really can get out and follow a route, or you can immerse yourself at home in Mondrian’s life and work." Gifted Art supports cultural projects connected with nineteenth and twentieth-century Dutch art, and its aim is to bring art closer to the public. Mondrian Route is a good example of this. It is the second project initiated by the foundation itself. The earlier project was the Van Gogh Route (vangoghroute.com). 


Never finished?

Mondrian Route currently suggests routes in Holland, where Mondrian lived until June 1919. Judith de Bruijn: "Right now we are still working on improving and completing the website. In October the website will be extended with information about Mondrian in New York, Paris and London. Then it really will be finished. Except that… I am looking forward to the publication of Mondrian's letters and theoretical writings by the RKD and the Huygens Institute. This will undoubtedly reveal much new information, which will be added to Mondrian Route. We will make sure that in future further new insights into Mondrian will come straight to the site."

1. Simon Maris, Mondrian on his bicycle with windmill at Abcoude, 1906, private collection
2. Piet Mondrian, Windmill at Domburg, 1908, collection Kunstmuseum The Hague
3. Anonymous, Piet Mondrian and others by the Gein, c. 1906, Simon and Maris family archive, RKD