CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

The making of Victory Boogie-Woogie

Symposium: 29 August 2008

Piet Mondrian, Victory Boogie-Woogie. The Hague, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), Victory Boogie-Woogie, 1944 (unfinished)
The Hague, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (on permanent loan from the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage)

From the website of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage

The Dutch state acquired – in 1998 – Victory Boogie Woogie, the last painting by Piet Mondrian. Recently the painting, part of the collection of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) and on permanent loan at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, was extensively investigated.

On August 29, 2008 the results of this examination will be presented to an international audience.

During a one-day meeting, the integrated approach to the research of this painting will be presented. The genesis of the painting in all its intensely varied aspects, based on historical sources such as letters, diaries, reports, magazine-articles and photographs will be discussed. A detailed overview will be given of the conservation and restoration history and the reception of the painting.

In addition, a review of the scientific work with respect to the transatlantic paintings will be given as well. The scientific research devoted to the Victory Boogie Woogie includes non-destructive analysis by the MOLAB team from EU-Artech, material analysis and microscopic observations. Based on these results, we like to discuss different reconstructed phases of the painting.

The meeting, financially supported by EU-Artech, will be jointly organised by the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Registration for the meeting is free and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited to 150 persons. At the end of May, the full programme of the meeting will be sent to those who have registered.

Please send your registration to:, mentioning your name and title, institution and address, e-mail and phone number.

The actual information about the meeting, including the full program, will soon be accessible on the internet.

Symposium folder (pdf, 4.5 Mb)