Are you a lover of contemporary Dutch Design?
14 July 2017
14 July 2017
Are you a lover of contemporary Dutch Design? Or do you like to browse through interior design magazines or visit websites about design to get ideas for your own home?
Today, the principles of the so-called art movement “De Stijl” are still a great source of inspiration for many. The artists of De Stijl laid the foundation for what we nowadays call design. The developed a timeless style that revolves around order, balance and beauty. From furniture to houses, from streets to cities. They believed that new art could lead to a modern and better society. With their ideas and designs, they made way for the designers who came after them. And yet another hundred years later, De Stijl still forms a great of inspiration for (international) architects, creatives and artists.
De Stijl originates from 1917 in Leiden. It all started with the foundation of the magazine “De Stijl” by Theo van Doesburg, which eventually grew into a full movement. The artists who approached the movement were looking for a completely “new style of art” that had to modernise society. Piet Mondriaan is the greatest example of all De Stijl artists. Other famous examples are Gerrit Rietvelds’ red-blue chair and De Bruynzeel’s kitchens by Piet Zwart. De Stijl is characterized by primary colours, minimalism and perpendicular lines.
Since it’s been a staggering 100 years since De Stijl was founded, a lot of inspiring events and exhibitions take place throughout the Netherlands to celebrate the jubilee.
Studio 1207 made a great overview of the best activities. So read on!
Mondriaan in Den Haag
The perfect place to kick off your “100 years De Stijl anniversary celebration” is the birth place of its most famous member, Piet Mondriaan. You will find The Mondriaan House in Amersfoort. This museum – the parental home of the artist – is entirely devoted to his life and work. Here you can admire his early works and find a life-sized reconstruction of Mondrian’s studio in Paris.
Until September 3, 2017, Kunsthal KadE organizes the insightful exhibition “The colours of De Stijl”. A must for everyone who is fascinated by the primary colour palette of De Stijl. The exhibition is a special, artistic journey of the past 100 years – from the abstract expressionism to contemporary art theories.
Wasn’t the visit to Piet Mondriaan’s birthplace not enough to still your curiosity? The Gemeentemuseum The Hague takes visitors till September 24, 2017 along on a journey through the life and work of the artist in the exhibition “The Discovery of Piet Mondriaan”. This journey passes along the metropolitan areas of Amsterdam, Paris, London and New York, the cities where Mondriaan inspired his genius brain and made the discoveries that caused him to revolutionize art. The Gemeentemuseum has the largest Mondriaan collection in the world and can therefore dramatically capture every phase of his impressive career.
In Utrecht, the birthplace of Gerrit Rietveld, Rietvelds’ work can be seen at various locations throughout the city: from the Rietveld Schröder House – the showpiece of De Stijl – to the Central Museum. The latter is home to the world’s largest collection of Rietvelds’ works, including the original “red-blue chair”. This seat was designed in 1923 and almost a century later still is a popular style icon. Throughout the year, you can visit the Central Museum to attend exhibitions that are solely devoted to De Stijl.
Of course, you should also take the time to visit the birth place of De Stijl, Leiden. Throughout the summer, you can experience the influence of De Stijl thanks to a series of free open-air exhibitions. Here you can discover the work of contemporary artists who have inspired themselves by the famous movement.
Museum De Lakenhal is closed for restoration until 2018, but nevertheless plays an important role in the 100th anniversary of De Stijl. In order to celebrate occasion, the art institute presents the “Open air Museum De Lakenhal – 100 years after De Stijl” exhibition which runs till September 27, 2017.
Right in the front of the Highlands Church, visitors can admire sculptures inspired by De Stijl until August 6, 2017. Afterwards, you should visit the beautiful Pieterskerk Square to see a prototype of the “Maison d’Artiste”, a cubic house designed in 1923 by Van Doesburg and architect Cor van Eesteren.
Sources: NS, Richard Mulder, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, BNGbank