Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Mondrian to Dutch Design: 100 Years of De Stijl

2017 marks 100 years since the launch of De Stijl, the magazine that impacted modern art and modern design. To commemorate this anniversary, exhibitions and events that examine the path of De Stijl’s key figure Piet Mondrian to Dutch Design have begun around The Netherlands.
De Stijl in 1917
By tracing nature back to its most fundamental principles, Mondrian reached the unprecedented aesthetic concept of a combination of the composition of vertical and horizontal lines and the primary colors of red, yellow and blue. He left behind numerous works based on these principles and together with Theo van Doesburg, launched the magazine De Stijl. Painters, architects, designers and artists from other fields who approved of Mondrian’s aesthetic flocked to the magazine. In addition to art objects, they worked with furniture, household goods, housing and urban planning, and Mondrian’s aesthetic thus permeated daily life.
The Style of Dutch Design in 2017
In the 90s, design trends from the Netherlands created a new force in design worldwide and came to be called “Dutch design.” Emulating Gerrit Rietveld, these artists applied to manufactured goods, an individual style and sense of authorship typically found in artwork. They used a wide variety of colors and materials in experimental endeavors. The design group Droog, one of the driving forces of Dutch design, continues to lead the design world today. The revolution started by De Stijl artists lives on among the artists today of Dutch modern design.

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Mondrian to Dutch Design: 100 Years of De Stijl
Main Events (in chronological order)

Mondriaan and De Stijl 
All year, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Rietveld Schröder House
All year, Central Museum in Utrecht

Villa Mondrian
All year, Winterswijk (Gelderland)

De Stijl at the Stedelijk
Currently on show until May 21, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Rietveld’s Masterpiece; Long Live De Stijl
March 4 to June 11, Central Museum in Utrecht

The World of Piet Mondrian (permanent collection)
from March 7, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort

Discovery of Mondrian
June 3 to September 24, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The Architecture and Interiors of De Stijl
6June 10 - Sept 17, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Droog – Ontdek het begin van Dutch Design (Finding the Beginning of Dutch Design)
Sept 23 – Dec 3, Central Museum in Utrecht

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