Music for Mondrian

7th - 8th June, Tate Liverpool

Discover the music that influenced and inspired the work of Piet Mondrian, master of twentieth-century abstraction.

Drop into one of our informal concerts during the opening weekend of our summer exhibition Mondrian and his Studios to hear a specially commissioned concert featuring Ensemble 10/10, Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music ensemble.

The concerts celebrate the spectacular fusion in arts and music at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which had a profound influence on Mondrian.

Piet Mondrian’s time in Paris coincided with the hot house rejuvenation of Parisian artistic society. From 1921, art, music and poetry fused at the Le Bœuf sur le Toit, a café which became the gathering place for artists, writers, musicians, designers and couturiers, and the general Parisian elite. On any night you might find Mondrian, Milhaud, Cocteau, Stravinsky, Satie, Picasso, Josephine Baker, Chaplin, Chevalier and every musician who wanted to be at the centre of the Parisian cultural crowd. Mondrian loved to eat and dance there and the music which he enjoyed provided a source of inspiration for the work he created within his Paris studio.

This programme features music by Poulenc, Satie and others from the Les Six group of composers, who were formative members of the circle of Parisian society who frequented Le Boeuf sur le Toit, and climaxes with Milhaud’s lively piece of music that lent its name to the cafe.

Make the most out of your visit and drop into Music for Mohamedi during the morning.