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RKD AND HUYGENS ING ANNOUNCE MONDRIAN EDITION PROJECT
The collection of the RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History contains hundreds of letters, dozens of theoretical writings and around 250 portrait and studio photographs by and relating to Piet Mondrian. On 7 March 2014, Mondrian’s 142nd birthday, the RKD in collaboration with Huygens ING and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague is launching a project to make this material available online for an international public of scholars and art lovers.
The Mondrian Edition Project will start with a one-year pilot covering 100 letters and 11 theoretical pieces. This representative selection will serve as the template for the overall editorial policy. Part of it will be published in early 2015 as the curtain-raiser to the full, ambitious project, in which some 1,500 letters and 125 theoretical and literary writings by Mondrian will be transcribed, annotated and translated into English.
The works of art and documents to which Mondrian refers in the letters, such as portrait and studio photographs, will be subjected to the same scholarly rigour. The result will be a fairly complete picture of the life of Piet Mondrian, who died in New York on 1 February 1944. It is a five-year project and will be completed around 2020.
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