The 100th anniversary of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl (The Style) will be celebrated in 2017 with numerous inspiring exhibitions and events all over the country. Theo van Doesburg founded De Stijl in 1917. Famous artists including Piet Mondrian (born Mondriaan), Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld were part of this movement, which would come to redefine the word 'modern'.
The patron and the 'house painter'. Helene Kröller-Müller and Bart van der Leck14 October 2017 to 2 April 2018
In autumn, the focus will be on the unique relationship between Bart van der Leck and Helene Kröller-Müller. Between 1912 and 1918, on the recommendation of her advisor Hendrik Bremmer, she provided Van der Leck an annual allowance and thus became his patron. Van der Leck was even employed by the firm Wm H. Müller & Co in 1914. In addition to a large stained glass window for the company’s headquarters in The Hague, he made posters for the Batavier Line, mosaics for the office in London and colour designs for the interiors of the residences, including the St Hubertus Hunting Lodge.
In her Beschouwingen in 1925, Helene calls him a ‘more versatile, more powerful artist than Mondriaan’, but in 1916 she struggled with the radical abstraction in his work, which is apparent from their correspondence. In that year, he had heated discussions with Piet Mondriaan and Theo van Doesburg, simplified the form in his paintings and radically reduced the colour in his work to just the primary colours.
The exhibition shows how Bart van der Leck’s oeuvre evolved, sometimes driven by the arduous but also exciting relationship between the patron and her protégé, sometimes by the artistic interaction and discussion with his De Stijl colleagues.
From Sept 2017In September 2017 the Netherlands Open Air Museum is opening a new exhibition called ‘The Canon of Dutch History’. From then onwards, visitors to the museum will be taken on a journey of discovery through the key periods in the country’s history. The museum A retrospective dedicated entirely to the sculptor Vilmos Huszár (Budapest 1884 - Harderwijk 1960), one of the co-founders of the De Stijl artistic movement. From the 1930s until his death, he lived and worked in Hierden. Sjarel Ex, director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, is an art historian and expert on Vilmos Huszár. He has contributed to developing the exhibition as guest curator. is home to an original Rietveld holiday cottage. Like a voyeur, visitors can peer at how a family would have spent a week’s holiday there. In addition to the cottage itself, Rietveld also designed the interior. The items of furniture are part of the crate furniture series he designed in 1934. At that time of financial crisis, Rietveld was keen to design affordable and easy-to-assemble furniture that could be machine made.De Stijl als Teil des niederländischen Kanons
Vilmos Huszár and 100 years De Stijl20 May to 7 January 2018In 1917 Vilmos Huszár, together with Piet Mondriaan, Theo van Doesburg and Bart van der Leck, was one of the most prominent initiators of the art movement De Stijl, which gained worldwide attention. Shortly after the establishment he disconnected himself from the movement and went his own way.Vilmos Huszár developed himself into a prominent painter, designer, sculptor, graphic designer, advertising designer and industrial designer. The Stadsmuseum Harderwijk will present a wide composed exhibition that displays this artistic versatility. Painting and other art objects from Huszárs time in Hierden will be exhibited as well as early work from his De Stijl period. The works come from private collections, the art collection of the city of Harderwijk and the collections of several museums, among which the Stadsmuseum Harderwijk itsself. A number of paintings, which are privately owned, have never been exhibited before.
De Stijl of Huszar3 March to 24 September 2017Villa Mondriaan is a museum about the young years of Piet Mondrian. Mondrian gained world fame in Paris and New York. However, many people may not realise that he started his painting career in the town of Winterswijk, where he lived from the age of eight to twenty. The influential movement De Stijl (The Style) caused a lot of commotion at the start of the 20th century with its powerful drive for abstraction. To approach a form of universal harmony, artists like Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Vilmos Huszár and Bart van der Leck used iconic geometric shapes and primary colours. However, the pioneers of De Stijl all started their careers by painting realistic landscapes and portraits. Even during their abstract period, De Stijl-members such as Mondrian and Huszár kept on making realistic art. In the exhibition Figuration in Style, the tension between the artists’ realistic and abstract shapes will be dissected, with the early and later figurative work at the centre of the exhibition.