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'.
Peter Alma: pioneer of modern social art 17 December 2016 – 19 March 2017
Peter Alma was a committed communist and dedicated his whole life to improving the accessibility and comprehensibility of art for the wider public. He was a good friend of Mondrian and witnessed the foundation of De Stijl from close by. In addition to producing art, Alma published articles on the artist’s role in society and dedicated himself to promoting the concept of infographics. He was pivotal in the artistic exchange between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union and in the organisation of national and international exhibitions, often with a political slant.
The exhibition provides an overview of Alma’s productive life as an artist. The focus is on Alma’s paintings from the 1910-1930 period, free and applied graphic design, infographics from the 1920-1930 period, his mural designs and documentary material, including from the Alma family archives. His monumental art from the late 1930s onwards is also on display. A publication including new research into Alma’s life and work is being published to accompany the exhibition.
Stijlloos: Realism versus abstraction18 Feb 2017 - 7 May 2017
The exhibition called ‘Stijlloos’ uses realism to illustrate the complex mood in the early decades of the twentieth century. On the one hand there was great optimism – belief in the future and social improvements – but on the other hand the horrors of the First World War and, later, the rise of fascism offered little sense of hope. How did artists such as Jan Mankes, Jan Sluijters, Lodewijk Schelfhout, Charley Toorop and Carel Willink express in their work the same social issues and problems as the De Stijl artists? Are the principles of the realists and the abstract artists really so far apart?
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.
Arp: The Poetry of Forms20 May 2017 to 17 September 2017
Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966) is one of the most innovative and influential artists of the European avant-garde. He began his career as a poet and would later work as a painter, sculptor and graphic artist. His extensive network included the founder of De Stijl, Theo van Doesburg. The exhibition shows Arp’s prolific oeuvre in the context of the work of his contemporaries. Arp worked on a large-scale project together with Van Doesburg: to redesign the interior of the Aubette in Strasbourg, from which rarely exhibited material is also on display. Arp:The Poetry of Forms shows Arp’s artistic practice in all its facets: sculptures, reliefs and works on paper, as well as poetry, texts and publications. This is the first major retrospective of Jean Arp’s work since his death in 1966.
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
ADO Toys and De Stijl15 Jan - 28 May 2017For design fans, toy collectors and citizens of Apeldoorn, the ADO name represents the unique collection of wooden toys designed in the years from 1925-1955 by Ko Verzuu. Not only is this collection inextricably linked with the local history of Apeldoorn, but it is also connected to artistic innovations such as those triggered by the members of the De Stijl movement. This exhibition has been organised in conjunction with a book about the ADO Speelgoed toys in the CODA Apeldoorn collection. To mark the celebratory year of ‘From Mondrian to Dutch Design, 100 Years of De Stijl’, in this exhibition CODA pays specific attention to the influence of De Stijl on the ADO toys.
1 June - 2 July 2017Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem (FDFA) is the country’s leading summer city festival combining fashion, design, art and culture. For a whole month, Arnhem celebrates its creativity with a mix of exhibitions, events, shows, performances, lectures and workshops. All the cultural activities that take place during this festival in the province of Gelderland’s capital city have a strong link to design and fashion, and this can clearly be seen in the countless events during FDFA. By combining existing events with new initiatives, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performances and much more, Arnhem shows itself to be a city overflowing with fashion and Dutch Design.
FDFA starts on 1 June with the graduation shows of the internationally renowned fashion department of ArtEZ University of the Arts. The city hosts various exhibitions all month long, including a RAVAGE exhibition in Museum Arnhem. It’s one long party in Arnhem’s fashion quarter during the annual Night of Fashion. This year, designers will once again be selling off their old collections and fabrics at attractive prices during the Arnhemse Stockdagen, and ArtEZ brings the festival to a close with its Finals exhibition full of visual art and design. A new addition to the programme this year is FDFA PLAY, which includes scheduled performances such as Introdans End Of Season, HOOP! Cirque de la Liberté as well as live music and dancing in venues such as Luxor Live.
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.