Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg: a stormy friendship
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“Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg: a stormy friendship” is a story, presented on DVD, about the tumultuous relation between the famous Dutch abstract painters Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) and Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931). Together they formed the core of one of the most important Dutch contributions to modern art: De Stijl.
The DVD tells the story of their friendship from the perspective of a young painter, called Peter Bohring, who was a friend of both Mondrian and Van Doesburg. The choice of using a third character developed out of a desire to visualize the tension between the two artists from a neutral point of view because both men were entirely different in character. Mondrian was introvert, and didn't make friends easily while van Doesburg was a flamboyant and extravagant type who traveled the world to promote the art of “De Stijl”. Their characters collided, and this led to a period where the two artists didn't speak to each other at all. In 1929 they reconciled again, two years before the tragic death of Van Doesburg.
Peter Bohring tells his exciting story by means of his animated diary, which contains short movies, images, texts and other ways to visualize the story. On this DVD the viewer is taken on a fascinating journey back to the revolutionary times of two of the most important twentieth-century artists...