24 May 2014 - 21 September 2014

Turner Contemporary offers an exclusive UK viewing of the first major exhibition to consider the significance of colour during Piet Mondrian’s early career. Mondrian and Colour explores Mondrian’s (1872-1944) practice, tracing the painter’s use of colour from figuration to early abstraction. Bringing together around 40 paintings by the artist from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and other collections in Europe and the USA, the exhibition will demonstrate that Mondrian’s abstract works were not simply mathematical exercises in form but also expressed his search for a new universal harmony.  

Turner Contemporary is working in partnership with Tate Liverpool, who will present the concurrent exhibition Mondrian and his Studios: Abstraction into the World from 6 June until 5 October 2014. Mondrian and his Studios will explore the artist's importance in the field of abstraction and his relationship with architecture and urbanism.

25 January 2014 - 11 May 2014

Making Painting explores the timeless act of painting through the work of two artists separated by one hundred years and nearly four thousand miles: JMW Turner (1775-1851) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011).

Turner, celebrated as a great nineteenth-century painter of landscape, transformed the way we see and interpret our natural surroundings. In her canvases of the late 1950s onwards, American artist Helen Frankenthaler translated landscape into abstract compositions characterised by flooding colour and increasingly large scale.

The exhibition explores the fellowship that the two artists – a Romantic nineteenth-century Briton and an Abstract Expressionist twentieth-century American – share in paint across their temporal divide. It includes a significant group of paintings by Frankenthaler from the 1950s to the 1990s alongside oil paintings and watercolours by Turner from throughout his career, with key works from the National Gallery and the Yale Centre for British Art collections. This is the first opportunity to see an exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler in a UK public gallery for over 30 years.

Making Painting is curated by Turner scholar James Hamilton, whose writings on nineteenth and twentieth century art have explored the continuing resonance of Turner's life and work across the past two hundred years. A catalogue is available to purchase from Turner Contemporary.

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