Vytautas Kumža

Villa Mondriaan selected eight young and talented photographers from a shortlist that was compiled in cooperation with FOAM (Museum of Photography Amsterdam). They were asked to react artistically to an early Mondriaan. The photographs of, among others, Louise te Poele, Vytautas Kumža and Lonneke van der Palen hang side by side with Mondriaan’s work.

Vytautas Kumža was inspired by one of Villa Mondriaan’s favourites, Mondriaan’s Bos (Forest, 1899), whose rhythm and structure are reflected in Kumža’s photograph. He created a similar unreal landscape with the equipment in his studio. His static and lifeless apparatus shows the same rhythm as Mondriaan’s living scenery. Kumža’s photograph crudely exposes the underlying skeleton of the watercolour.