A piece of art has been hung upside down for over 75 years.
One New York City is one of the most important works by Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian, but experts now believe it has gone the wrong way for decades.
Despite being aware, if the strip used in the artwork comes loose, it will stay that way.
Painted in 1941, the painting was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1945.
It has been hanging in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen art collection in Düsseldorf, Germany, since 1980.
During an event for the artist’s anniversary show, curator Susanne Meyer-Buser talked about the history of the artwork — which uses red, yellow, blue and black tape — and then shocked viewers by revealing its secrets.
She said she saw a photograph in Mondrian’s studio, taken a few days after his death in 1944, that could be seen on the easel in a different direction: the upper edge of the stripe dense.
“The thickening of the grid should be at the top, like a dark sky,” she told the Guardian.
“When I pointed this out to other curators, we realized it was pretty obvious. I’m 100% sure the photo is wrong.”
Born in the Netherlands in 1872, Mondrian is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.