Mondrian||Nicholson: In Parallel
Opens: 16/02/2012 Closes: 20/05/2012 The Courtauld Gallery, LondonPresents the iconic work of two of the great Dutch and British abstract painters of the 20th century in a new light, exploring the friendship that shaped their creative paths. Personal mementos alongside a selection of powerful pieces chart their profound understanding of one another's practice, and their joint groundbreaking influence. For more information visit: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/2012/mondrian-nicholson/index.shtml Buy: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/tickets/index.shtml
Time Out“A beautifully crystalline and concentrated display...” Cool, clean lines of inspiration flitting back and forth between the two male abstract artists, with the aim to present Ben Nicholson as more than mere pupil or doe-eyed follower of the great Dutch meester...
Guardian“A great show, as well as a lousy one...” The works by Ben Nicholson, it is impossible to discern a deep vision or purpose behind them: they seem stylish rather than driven. The contrast with Mondrian is explosive..
The Arts Desk“A compelling conversation...” The Courtauld has put on a thoughtful, succinct exhibition – the gallery can do in two rooms what for most museums would take ten...
Financial Times“This is a known story, expertly told...” It explores how the Dutch artist gave the British one a new assurance to push towards abstraction...
Evening Standard“A little mathematical amusement...” This exhibition is neatly done and is a useful coda to the Nicholson section of the concurrent Picasso show at Tate Britain...
The Independent“Here, on the Courtauld's walls, is a brief moment of hope...” This small, clever exhibition looks at the rare moment when an English artist nearly became a modern one...
The Telegraph“A modest-sized, but fascinating exhibition...” If the space is divided scrupulously, the impression on entering is that Mondrians practically jump off the walls, while Nicholson’s paintings retreat into them...
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