Wietse Coppes, MA

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Wietse Coppes, MA
Curator De Stijl Archives / Editor Mondrian Edition Project

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Curriculum vitae and duties

The art historian Wietse Coppes graduated in 2004 from the Catholic University of Nijmegen (now Radboud University) on the subject ‘Some aspects of the neoplastic work of Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Georges Vantongerloo and Marlow Moss’. He started working for the RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History in early 2005, where he worked as curator of The Style archives and in this role was responsible for the digitalisation of the Theo and Nelly van Doesburg archives and for the acquisition of the archives on Robert P. Welsh (2007), Piet Mondrian (2012), Joop M. Joosten (2015) and Cis & Leo Heijdenrijk (2016). He published articles on Mondrian in various catalogues, including that of the exhibition ‘Mondrian’ (Centre Pompidou, Paris 2010), ‘Alexander Calder. The huge discovery’ (Gemeentemuseum The Hague 2011) and ‘Les Chefs d’une Passion/Keys to a Passion’ (Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris 2015). Coppes has worked as editor on the Mondrian Edition Project since 2014. This ambitious, long-term project is a collaboration between the RKD and Huygens ING of which the result will be the publication of all the letters and theoretical writings of Piet Mondrian. The first part of this digital publications will be published in the autumn of 2017.

Publications (selection)

- 'Photographies, reproductions et portraits: l'image que Mondrian veut donner de lui-même', in: ‘Mondrian’, Parijs (Centre Pompidou), 2010
- 'Het “technisch-wetenschappelijke laboratorium” van Piet Mondriaan. Het atelier op 26, rue du Depart ten tijde van het bezoek van Alexander Calder', in: Alexander Calder.
- 'De grote ontdekking', Den Haag (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag), 2011
- 'Piet Mondriaan in zijn atelier, ca. 1909', in: ‘Portret in portret in de Nederlandse Kunst 1550-2012’, Dordrecht (Dordrechts Museum), 2012
- 'Le naturel dans son apparance la plus profonde. L’évolution de Mondrian vers la vraie vision de la réalité', in: ‘Les Clefs d’une Passion’, Parijs (Fondation Louis Vuitton), 2015
- ' "I'm the same, just a bit more balanced, if I don't deceive myself." A biographical sketch of Piet Mondrian in the period 1909-1912, based on the letters sent to Aletta de Iongh’, in: ‘Character is Fate’, Rotterdam (Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art), 2015