Poll: How do you feel about the Piet Mondrian painting hanging upside down for the last 75 years?
A) What a travesty! What idiot could make such a mistake?!
B) Heehee! Hilarious! It’s like playing Hotel California backward- it makes sense either way!
I think you guys know which camp I’m in. How can we not laugh at a snafu like that?! It’s a good, old-fashioned blooper. What’s next? Bach’s Brandenberg Concertos were backwards? The blueprints for the Taj Mahal were upside down? The Hope Diamond is really cubic zirconia? I turned my computer upside down to see if I felt differently about Mondrian’s New York City I. Nope. Then, I left my computer right side up and did a headstand. Still nothing. The painting works either way!! Mondrian was more genius than even he knew!
Here are some other paintings I think are every bit as good upside down as they are right side up:
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Canna: Upside down it’s less climactic and more volacanic, I think.
Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus is trippy no matter which way you spin it! (Note: In my opinion, almost all Dali’s paintings can be flipped and make just as much sense as they do right side up!)
I think this looks even MORE like a Picasso when it’s upside down!
Monet’s bridge looks a little saggy flipped upside down, but I think it gives the painting a dangerous, “are we going to fall in this pond?!” feel.
Here’s to looking at things from a new angle, friends! Have a wonderfully topsy-turvy day!
2 thoughts on “Turning Art on Its Head”
I hadn’t heard of this! Love your perspective. : )
Heehee! It’s a fun story, no matter how you look at it!