ROOIJ~Willem de – Character is Fate: Piet Mondriaan’s Horoscope


Author: Willem de Rooij; Wietse Coppes; Kocku von Stuckrad
Publisher: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Year: 2015
ISBN: 978 94 91435 40 9

Design: Žiga Testen 
Edit by Willem de Rooij, Defne Ayas, Amira Gad (final editing: Solange de Boer e.a.)
Printer Lecturis, Eindhoven, Binder Hexspoor, Boxtel
Size 220 x 285 x 16, Number of pages 192 p., Print run 500
Font Sabon (Linotype), Binding style Sewn soft cover Otabind with dust jacket
Material 135gsm Luxo Art Samt (interior), 250gsm LuxoArt Samt (cover), 170gsm Sirio Color Bruno (dust jacket)
(from the publisher)

The original horoscopes were found as a stack of loose pages, having been ripped from whichever system was previously used to hold them together. Therefore, the manuscript in its present-day form lacks a clear chronology: many dates mentioned are non-sequential. This non-chronological ordering was maintained in the transcripts and translations produced for this publication. The original manuscripts by Van de Vijsel were written in 1911 and in some places make use of outdated expressions and spelling. For the purpose of this publication, the transcripts have been modified to comply with contemporary Dutch language.

In addition to reprints of the original horoscopes and the related readings, the publication also includes texts by Wietse Coppes (editor of the Mondrian Edition Project, RKD, the Netherlands) and Kocku von Stuckrad (professor of religious studies and dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands). In his text “I’m the Same Just a Bit More Balanced, If I Don’t Deceive Myself,” Wietse Coppes describes Mondrian’s life at the time the horoscopes were written. Kocku von Stuckrad places Van de Vijsel’s readings in a broader historical context in his text “Adriaan van de Vijsel’s Reading of Piet Mondrian’s Horoscope: Some Observations.”

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art publishes the book in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) who have granted the rights to reproduce the manuscript for this publication. Character is Fate: Piet Mondrian’s Horoscope was launched on 21 May 2015 at Witte de With.

Willem de Rooij exhibits the chart drawing from Mondrian’s extended horoscope at Witte de With for our 25th anniversary, from January through December 2015, under the title Character Is Fate.

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