© Tate Liverpool
© Tate Liverpool

16 – 17 August 2014


A touch of live jazz arrives in Liverpool ONE this weekend with two days of piano performances in honour of Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition, Mondrian and his Studios. Pianists will take inspiration from Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s favourite music as part of piano busking festival, Tickle the Ivories.

Mondrian (1872-1944) was one of the most important contributors to the development of abstract art at the beginning of the 20th century and was hugely influenced by jazz music. While Mondrian created his iconic grid and primary colour paintings in his studio he listened to jazz on his beloved gramophone. From Louis Armstrong to Ethel Waters, Mondrian’s work was a reflection of his love of jazz and boogie woogie.

This will all take place on the Mondrian inspired piano as part of Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition, situated outside John Lewis, where visitors can pause and take time out to relax and enjoy the music.

Tickle the Ivories is open to everyone, from professionals to amateur players and the pianos are free to play – visitors to Liverpool ONE are all encouraged to get involved even if you have never played in public before. The pianos will remain in place in Liverpool ONE until 7 September and slots can be booked in advance through the Liverpool ONE website.

Mondrian and his Studios is on at Tate Liverpool until 5 October 2014. Admission £10.00/£7.50 and includes entrance into Nasreen Mohamedi. Open daily from 10am-6pm with last admission into the exhibition at 5pm.