Baltan in de Bushalte, 2010. Photo Perry Van Duijnhoven
Baltan in de Bushalte, 2010. Photo Perry Van Duijnhoven


19:00 - 21:00

Baltan session: Baltan in the bus stop

discussion evening


On Thursday, April 7, 2011 Baltan Laboratories and the Van Abbemuseum host an evening dedicated to the current project in the Rietveld Bus Stop on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven: Baltan in the Bus Stop. DE STIJL versus RGB. The artists, Maurer United and Geert Mul, will discuss the project, followed by a conversation between architect Bertus Mulder, who worked closely with Rietveld in the 1960s, and Arie van Rangelrooy, architect and board member of the ‘Rietveld Bus Stop’ Foundation. The presentations will take place in the library of the Van Abbemuseum, followed by a visit to the project on the Stadhuisplein.

On a yearly basis since 1990, the ‘Rietveld Bus Stop’ Foundation invites someone from the art world to develop a project for the Rietveld Bus Stop at the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven. This year they invited Christiane Berndes, curator at the Van Abbemuseum. She worked with Baltan Laboratories, and together with Angela Plohman, director of Baltan, they invited artists Geert Mul and Maurer United Architects to present their vision on the significance of Rietveld and De Stijl today. The project is installed until November 2011.

Geert Mul and Maurer United were inspired by the map of Eindhoven made out of mosaic tiles located on the wall under the roof of the shelter. It is one of the first city maps in public space. The square tiles from which the map is constructed give the image a pixellated character that echoes the early imagery of the computer age. In this design, Rietveld strayed from the typical red, yellow and blue colours of De Stijl. With the colours he chose to use (red, green, blue), he inadvertently made a connection to the television and computer age. In the column next to the shelter, Geert Mul and Maurer United placed images of universal worldviews and colour systems. They juxtaposed them with images of the practical counterparts of the colour systems in our daily lives: the screen, the television, the CD and the Pantone colour wheel. Furthermore, they replaced the original fluorescent lights in the column with LED lights in red, green and blue. Through the colour change of the LED lights, various layered images are made visible on the column.

Location: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (library)
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 (including a visit to the Rietveld Bus Stop)
Language: Dutch


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Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00 hours.
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