April 30th, 2015

Willem de Rooij at Witte de With

Photo by Cassander Eeftinck-Schattenkerk

Artist: Willem de Rooij

Venue: Witte de With, Rotterdam

Exhibition Title: Character Is Fate

Date: January 27, 2015 – January 30, 2016

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Photo by Aad Hoogendoorn

Photo by Aad Hoogendoorn

Photo by Aad Hoogendoorn

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Images:

Images courtesy of the artist and Witte de With, Rotterdam. Photos by Aad Hoogendoorn and Cassander Eeftinck-Schattenkerk.

Press Release:

On 27 January 2015, 25 years to the day it was established, Witte de With presents a new installation by artist Willem de Rooij, Character Is Fate. The work showcases artist Piet Mondrian’s astrological birth chart that was made on his request in 1911. A special display system that relates to the solar calendar allows for the birth chart to be illuminated by the sun, best seen from 2.15 pm to 2.30 pm each day.

In late 1911 artist Piet Mondrian was about to move to Paris and leave his native country of the Netherlands behind. During this period of artistic and personal transformation he turned to theosophist Adriaan van de Vijsel for an astrological reading. Mondrian was born under the sign of Pisces on 7 March 1872, and according to his horoscope was “very susceptible and [had] psychic tendencies.” He was “able to feel things without being able to give an explanation of how this knowledge was obtained, [with] a mind that can express itself diplomatically, calmly, and systematically.”

Link: Willem de Rooij Witte de With

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