The great Mondrian bake-off: Tate and Turner Contemporary celebrate artist with cakes

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 March 2014

Chefs at the galleries where two major Piet Mondrian exhibitions will be held honour the artist's 142nd birthday

A photo of a slice of cake made up of blue, yellow, white and red grid squares
Tate Liverpool's bake-off for Mondrian© Courtesy Tate Liverpool café
Piet Mondrian, the Dutch master of grid-like colours, will have his immense influence celebrated in an examination of his workplaces, Mondrian and his Studios, at Tate Liverpool this summer. In the meantime, the ever-inventive venue’s staff have shown off their own artistic talent, creating a cake-based carry-off of his style on what would have been the artist’s 142nd birthday.

A photo of a slice of cake made into a grip pattern on a dark blue circular plate
© Courtesy Tate Liverpool café
Mondrian was born on March 7 1872. Tate’s show is one of two exhibitions – the other, Mondrian and Colour, will present an exploration of his early career, at Turner Contemporary in Margate – coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the death of an artist whose immortal ideas still echo in album art (most notably The White Stripes’ De Stijl) and, more recently, fashion powerhouse Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2014 collection.

Not to be out-sweetened, Turner Contemporary’s café has also created a grid of Mondrian cupcakes ahead of their four-month exhibition on the Kent coast.

  • Mondrian and Colour is at Turner Contemporary from May 24 - September 21 2014. Mondrian and his Studios is at Tate Liverpool from June 6 - October 5.

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A photo of a grid of white, yellow, blue and red cupcakes
Cupcakes for Mondrian in Margate© Courtesy Turner Contemporary café
A photo of an artwork made out of lines of small squares of red, orange and blue
Piet Mondrian, Composition with Grid 8: Checker board Composition with Dark Colours (1919). Oil on canvas. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands© 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA
A photo of a watercolour painting of a windmill by a lake at sunset
Oostzijdse Mill with Extended Blue, Yellow and Purple Sky (1907-1908). Oil on canvas. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands© 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA
An image of an oil painting showing a line of white clothes outside a farmhouse
Farmhouse with Wash on the Line (circa 1897). Oil on cardboard. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands© 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA
A photo of an abstract oil painting appearing to show mountains with orange peaks
Dune Sketch in Orange, Pink and Blue (1909). Oil on cardboard. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands© 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA
An image of a painting showing a grid of colours red, blue and yellow with black lines
Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Grey and Blue (1921). Oil on canvas. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag© 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA
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