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De­sign­ers are con­stantly in­spired by the won­der­ful things they sur­round them­selves with and Yves Saint Lau­rent was no dif­fer­ent. The leg­endary ‘Le Smok­ing’ mae­stro drew from the Ma­jorelle Blue walls of Morocco, the sandy dunes of the great Sa­hara, and most fa­mously, the colour-blocked ab­stract works of Piet Mon­drian.

Mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the tal­ented artist’s death, the Tate Liver­pool gives us an in­sight into Mon­drian’s re­la­tion­ship with ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban­ism, his pas­sion for ab­stract art, and his con­tri­bu­tion to the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of mod­ern thought. ‘Mon­drian And His Stu­dios’ shines the spot­light on a re­con­structed model of his stu­dio at 26 Rue du Dé­part, Paris, which will al­low vis­i­tors to phys­i­cally in­habit the artist’s unique en­vi­ron­ment that he him­self cre­ated.

In­flu­enced by Cu­bism as well as the creative free­dom of Pablo Pi­casso and Georges Braque, Mon­drian’s work from 1911 on­wards (af­ter his move to Paris) changed with the in­creas­ing ap­pear­ance of geo­met­ric shapes. But Cu­bism was just part of his artis­tic jour­ney; his cre­ations mor­phed into ab­stract shapes and colours to ex­press beauty, vis­i­ble at the ex­hi­bi­tion to­day through a di­verse group of key ab­stract paint­ings. ‘Mon­drian And His Stu­dios’ is on un­til Oc­to­ber 5 at the Tate Liver­pool, UK. www.tate.org.uk/liver­pool

The re­con­struc­tion of Piet Mon­drian’s stu­dio

The Tree, 1913, Piet Mon­drian

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