Hugh Lane Gallery is delighted to present Reconstructing Mondrian, an inspired exhibition based on John Beattie’s filming of Mondrian’s reconstructed Paris Studio (1921-1936). The installation features a cinematic moving image projection, with a new series of hand printed large format photographs.
During the work’s evolution, Beattie invited Hugh Lane Gallery to view its development. For the artist, this cultural institution was critically and conceptually important for the reason that the HLG holds the permanent studio of Francis Bacon. The contrasting relationship between Francis Bacon’s permanent studio to that of Beattie’s cinematic reconstruction of Piet Mondrian’s studio opens up the narrative between both spaces – how art historical myths are represented within the frame of a museum.
Beattie’s art practice takes the form of still and moving-image staged productions. Through a critical lens, he examines and re-presents historical events and narratives in a way that reveals, or makes visible, often unseen or unknown aspects. Through layering of historical representations and time-frames, the work offers new perspectives on familiar subjects.
The Artist’s Studio is a practical and functional space, and for Beattie’s work, the studio embodies conceptual and philosophical value. For two decades, Beattie’s interests have centred on interrogating the traditional ideal of the artist, and this mythic place of creation.
“Beattie’s intention is to explore the meaning and value of this utopian space of high modernism interrogating the construction of myth in our collective memories. – Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions Hugh Lane Gallery
Reconstructing Mondrian consists of a cinematic moving image projection, with a new series of large-format photography. A fully illustrated publication will be produced to document this exhibition. Reconstructing Mondrian will be accompanied by an exciting and diverse education programme.
About the Artist
John Beattie is a visual artist, originally from Co. Donegal and currently based in Dublin. He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Beattie has been awarded a number of residencies to date, including the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2020; the apexart Fellowship, New York, 2015; IMMA, Dublin, 2011; Temple Bar Gallery & Studio, Dublin, 2010; the RHA, Dublin, 2010; and Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, 2006- 2009. Currently, he is artist in residence at the National Archives of Ireland as part of the State Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021-2023.
The Arts Council of Ireland; Fire Station Artists’ Studios; Platform 31; Dublin City Arts Office; The National Archives of Ireland; TU Dublin; STAM, Netherlands; The Mondrian Trust, Washington; The Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands; LITES, Amsterdam/Belgium; Allard Studios & Equipment, Netherlands; ARRI; Film Equipment Limited Hire; Vast Valley; eGripment, Netherlands; Hizkia, Netherlands; Bayeux, London; Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane.
Reconstructing Mondrian was funded by The Arts Council of Ireland Project and Bursary Awards.
Cinematography: Narayan Van Meale (LU); Focus Control: JJ O Sullivan (UK/IE), Sound Recording: Margherita Potenza (IT); Sound Design: Studio JB (IE); Camera Assistant: Andrea Raffaelli (NL); Head Grip: Aike Bierena (NL); Colour Grade: Michael Higgins (IE), Daniel Silverman (NYC), Studio JB (IE); Post Production Management: Studio JB (IE); Large Format Film Photography: Louis Haugh (IE); Studio lighting: Kevin Hughes & Louis Haugh (IE); Large format film development and hand printing lab: Bayeux London (UK); Master Printer: Roy Bass, Bayeux London (UK); Framers: Artisan Frames (IE); Art Handlers: Hizkia (NL).
Frans Postma (architect); Wiebe Postma (assistant); Martin Toet (studio reconstruction art handler); Erwin Boelhouwer (studio reconstruction art handler).
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