Heimo Zobernig, Piet Mondrian: A Spatial Appropriation
Heimo Zobernig has developed, for the atrium of the Albertinum, a walk-in spatial installation composed of colored surfaces. Its design harkens back to three sketches by the artist Piet Mondrian, made for a room in the villa of the Dresden art collector Ida Bienert, which is presented as part of the exhibition Visionary Spaces at the Albertinum. For the walls of the room, Mondrian forsaw a grid that should be painted with yellow, blue, red, and grey color fields. Zobernig transfers this foundational design principle of Mondrian into a walk-in cube that corresponds to the original dimensions of the room and is composed of a construction of nested wooden panels. At the same time, Zobernig repeats the design of the inner space on its surfaces and makes Mondrian’s unexecuted design now able to be experienced spatially and sculpturally.
Heimo Zobernig has repeatedly dealt with geometric abstraction like that of Piet Mondrian. In a painting series begun in 2000, Zobernig examines the grid as the guiding artistic form since modernity with materials like acrylic paint and tape. A selection of paintings from this series will be exhibited to accompany his installation at the Albertinum.
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Image: Heimo Zobernig in Kooperation mit Eric Kläring, Piet Mondrian, Eine räumliche Aneignung, 2019
Photo credit: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019