De Stijl 100 years
In 2017, it will be 100 years since De Stijl, the Dutch art movement, was founded. Countless inspiring events and exhibitions will be held throughout the Netherlands 2017 to celebrate this fact. De Stijl started in the city of Leiden (located between Amsterdam and the Hague) in 1917 when De Stijl magazine was established by Theo van Doesburg. De Stijl artists search for a completely ‘new art’ that is also expected to renew all of society. Piet Mondrian is a role model for all De Stijl artists. Even today, the principles of De Stijl continue to inspire many Dutch designers like Hella Jongerius, Maarten Baas, Joris Laarman, and Piet Hein Eek and ofcourse your favourite artist Johannes BlonK.
On this page I will give you information about the events (mainly in the Netherlands) around this jubilee.
Below a short video showing some of the sheduled events:
2017, The Hague, The Netherlands.
As the home both of the greatest Mondrian collection on Earth and of one of the world’s major De Stijl collections, the Gemeentemuseum will be at the forefront of festivities in 2017. Among other things, it plans to take the unprecedented and unique step of presenting its entire Mondrian collection – no fewer than 300 works – in a single, great retrospective.
Click on the museum logo for general information.
3 other special "Stijl" exhibitions will take place as well:
Click on the exhibition of your interest to obtain indeep information.
2017, Utrecht and Amersfoort, Netherlands.
In many cities in the Netherlands a lot of interesting events around the "De Stijl" centenary are organized in 2017. This is also valid for Utrecht where dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld was born and Amersfoort where Mondriaan was born.
Click on the image left to for the complete programme.
Here are only a few highlights:
Utrecht: Centraal Museum: world's largest collection of Rietveld objects.
Amersfoort: birthouse of Piet Mondriaan
Utrecht: Rietveld-Schröder huis (picture left).
2017, Leiden, the Netherlands
Numerous events will take place in the city of birth of the founder of De Stijl movement, Theo van Doesburg. You can find Leiden at about 15 kilometers North from The Hague. It is a really nice town to visit with a lot of history (Rembrandt was born here to) and canals like in Amsterdam.
Click on the image to switch to their website.
2017/2018, until 7th January, Harderwijk, The Netherlands.
Vilmos Huszar (Budapest 1884 - Harderwijk 1960) was one of the co-founders of the De Stijl movement. He made paintings, drawings, sculptures and he was also a graphic and industrial designer. The museum of the city of Harderwijk will show you this with a large variety of artworks of which some of them have never been on public display before.
Click on the poster left for more information (unfortunately in dutch only).
You can also find traces of Vilmos Huszar in the Huszar cafe-brasserie at the Hooikade 13 in Delft. Interesting architecture, nice interior, view on the water, good food and near the railway station. I go there from time to time as my brother doesn't live far from here.
100 years after "De Stijl"
2017, 15th october up to and including 3rd December, Den Helder, the Netherlands.
This exhibition will be held in the North of the Netherlands.You will see that the spirit of De Stijl is still strong today through the artworks of over 60 artists in the field of geometric abstraction including Johannes BlonK.
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
from 13:00 to 17:00 hours
and with an appointment (00 31 6 29 09 33 35)
1781 LE Den Helder
All year around**, Strasbourg, France, Salle Aubette
Theo van Doesburg designed together with Jean Arp and his wife Sophie Taeuber-Arp the decoraction of the Aubette leasure complex including a dancing, bars, cinema/ballroom, billiard room etc.
From an artistic point of view, it was one of the most ambitious avant-garde projects of the 1920's. Some qualify the enterior as the "Sistine Chapel of modern art".
**It can be visited for free from Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm.
I dedicated a special page to Salle Aubette (click on the image left).
Salle Aubette is managed by the museums of Strasbourg:https://en.musees.strasbourg.eu/aubette-1928