Piet Mondrian was enthralled by modernity and, across the span of his life, encountered it in some of the great cities of the world: Amsterdam, Paris, London and New York. The musical cultures of jazz and dance held particular resonance for him and so, as part of the National Gallery of Ireland's celebration of Mondrian’s work, we invited Emilie Conway, a contemporary jazz artist, to engage with this important aspect of his life and career.
Emilie’s research over the course of this project has resulted in a series of fascinating podcasts in which she discusses the development of Mondrian’s work in the context of the musical soundscapes of his age. The episodes are interspersed with musical vignettes, and include contributions from her musical collaborators, Johnny Taylor (piano) and Barry Donohue (bass).
This podcast was produced to celebrate the Mondrian exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland. You can find out more here: https://www.nationalgallery.ie/art-and-artists/exhibitions/mondrian/special-project-music
A full transcript of this podcast is available here: https://www.nationalgallery.ie/sites/default/files/2021-04/music-for-mondrian-part-1-transcript.pdf
Image: Piet Mondrian (1872–1944), Composition with grid 8: checkerboard composition with dark colors, 1919. Courtesy of Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands