Walter Benjamin on Piet Mondriaan

In 1986, Walter Benjamin delivered a lecture on Piet Mondrian at the Marxist Center in Ljubljana. In this lecture, entitled Mondrian 63–96, Benjamin presents several works of the abstract artist ranging in date from 1963 to 1996.


  1. Alex
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    this cannot possibly be Benjamin, didn’t he commit suicide just after being denied leaving Europe in 1940? It begs the question, who’s talking?

  2. Posted May 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    you may want to note that something very fishy is going on with this video. Walter Benjamin died in 1940, and though this clip was supposedly broadcast in Belgrade in 1986, it’s discussing works by Piet Mondrian made between “1963 and 1996.” So, not only does this video talk about works somehow made 10 years AFTER it aired, Mondrian himself died in 1944, so all those dates are totally spurious. In other words, the whole thing is a clever and deliberate hoax. According to Fillip, this video is “presented here in conjunction with Recent Writings by Walter Benjamin, a forthcoming book by New Documents (new?,” which I can only assume is some kind of art project, possibly by a contemporary artist using “Walter Benjamin” as an alter ego.

  3. Posted May 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    seems like you hit the nail smack dab on its head, Stepan.

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