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Royal visit to museum Villa Mondriaan

Museum Villa Mondriaan in Winterswijk will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2018! Villa Mondriaan was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix, the former Queen of The Netherlands. For its first lustrum the museum will receive another royal visitor, this time in the form of a portrait of Queen Wilhelmina, Princess Beatrix’s grandmother, which was painted by Piet Mondriaan in 1896 and is part of the collection of The Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. The painting will be unveiled by Mr Clemens Cornielje, Royal Commissioner of Gelderland at 2 pm on January 13th 2018.

Portrait of Wilhelmina, Queen of The Netherlands, is one of the few portraits made by Piet Mondriaan. In this piece the young Queen, only sixteen years old at the time, is wearing a large white hat. Mondriaan probably painted this portrait on his own initiative after a photograph as practice for his studies at the Academy of Visual Arts. He did not even use new linen for this piece, but covered an early still life with flowers.

Museum Villa Mondriaan is connected in a special way with this painting. At the opening of the museum in May 2013, Princess Beatrix told the board of governors and the director that The Loo Palace owned an early work of Mondriaan’s. According to her the piece would fit nicely in the Villa’s collection. The management of The Loo Palace decided to give it in loan to the Winterswijk Museum for a relatively long period, in which the palace will be renovated and restored. Therefore this portrait of Queen Wilhelmina will be on display in Villa Mondriaan until July 2019.

Is your name Wilhelmina? If so, you are invited to come and see the portrait of your namesake during the weekend of January 13th in Villa Mondriaan free of charge. Residents of Wilhelminastraat in Winterswijk are also invited to come and admire the portrait.

Artwork: Piet Mondriaan, Portrait of Wilhelmina, Queen of The Netherlands (1896). Loan from Rijksmuseum Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn

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