Art Dirt: An Upside-Down Mondrian + Climate Protests in Europe Escalate

by Glasstire November 6, 2022
Photograph of a man, with a photoshopped Van Gogh painting in his hand. He is gesturing as if he is throwing the painting onto an Andy Warhol painting of a Campbell's soup can.

Photo: Lil Nas X, via Instagram

Jessica Fuentes and Brandon Zech discuss the recent revelation that a Piet Mondrian painting has been hanging upside down since 1945, and also talk about the escalation of recent climate protests in Europe.

“This Mondrian is going to remain upside down, probably for the rest of its existence, because of the sensitive nature of the artwork.” 

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