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A Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down for decades

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. This news turned the art world upside down. It involves a famous modernist painting. "New York City" is by Piet Mondrian. The painting looks like a kind of plaid pattern, suggesting maybe the bare girders of a building. Now, after 70 years, a photo from the artist's studio suggest the painting has been hanging upside down. The German gallery that owns it plans to keep it the way it is and make the confusion about its orientation part of the story. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.