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“Creek Vean” (home/residence) located in Feock, Cornwall - built by Architectural Firm Team 4. The estate was completed in 1966 for the prevailing couple, Mr./Mrs. Brumwell, who funded C.V.’s construction with money gained after they sold a rare piece of art from their collection (purportedly, it was a Mondrian painting).

“Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody.”

Piet Mondrian was born on this day in 1872! Although he is best known for his De Stijl work, Mondrian created many Impressionist paintings as a young artist. The vibrant coloring and thickly applied lines of this 1909 work demonstrates the transitional moment in Mondrian’s career, from earlier naturalism to a period of formal experimentation.

View other works of Mondrian’s in our collection at mo.ma/pietmondrian

[Piet Mondrian. View from the Dunes with Beach and Piers, Domburg. 1909. Oil and pencil on cardboard. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. A. Conger Goodyear Fund]

Signs as Famous Artists
  • Aries: Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Francisco Goya
  • Taurus: Salvador Dali, John James Audubon, George Braque, Leo Michelson
  • Gemini: Diego Velazquez, Mary Cassatt, John Trumbull, Henri Rousseau
  • Cancer: Edgar Degas, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt, Edward Hopper
  • Leo: Andy Warhol, Zelda Fitzgerald, Asher Brown Durand, RC Gorman
  • Virgo: Grandma Moses, Ruffino Tamayo, Frank Von Der Lancken, Wilfrid Zogbaum
  • Libra: Caravaggio, Benjamin West, Umberto Boccioni, Ray Johnson
  • Scorpio: Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Bob Ross, Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Sagittarius: Diego Rivera, Emily Carr, Edvard Munch, George's Suerat
  • Capricorn: Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, John Singer Sargent, Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Aquarius: Jackson Pollock, Edouard Manet, Yoko Ono, Norman Rockwell
  • Pisces: Michelangelo, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Colin Campbell Cooper, Piet Mondrian

Crossing Borders: Piet Mondrian

The Dutch painter Piet Mondrian arrived in New York in 1940, among many European artists escaping World War II. He fell in love with the city and its culture, incorporating the spirit of its boogie-woogie music into his abstract, geometric paintings. Learn about Mondrian and other immigrant artists: mo.ma/crossingborders.

Our digital exhibition “Crossing Borders,” presented as part of our #CitizensBorders initiative, showcases works from MoMA’s collection by artists who immigrated to the U.S., often as #refugees in search of safe haven. Explore all the works at mo.ma/crossingborders 

[Piet Mondrian (b. Netherlands, 1872-1944). “Broadway Boogie Woogie.” c.1942-43. Oil on canvas. Given anonymously.]

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By night, they play gigs. By day, they sample ramen in cities across America.

They’re the three women of Shonen Knife, a legendary rock band from Japan. For over 35 years, the band has been serving up infectious punk songs with a delicious twist: Many of them are about food. Think song titles like “Wasabi,” “Hot Chocolate” and “Sushi Bar.” But don’t dismiss them as bubblegum pop: Over the years, some of their biggest fans have included giants of alt-rock music.

This spring, Shonen Knife embarked on its latest adventure – a ramen rock tour of the U.S.

Why ramen? Well, ramen is really like Japanese soul food, says Daisuke Utagawa, a ramen restaurateur in Washington, D.C., and unofficial ambassador of Japanese food culture. “It’s probably as important as your pizza here.”

Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

Photos: Ariel Zambelich/NPR