100th anniversary De Stijl: Echoes - Part of the 'Mondrian to Dutch Design' theme year
100th anniversary De Stijl: Echoes Part of the 'Mondrian to Dutch Design' theme year
The visual language and colours of De Stijl resonate in many experiments by artists, architects and designers. The typical De Stijl-characteristics such as line, cubic shapes, straight surfaces, geometric compositions and colour are elements that have been used in paintings, sculptures, printed matter, architecture and design in the past century. These characteristics are also very recognizable in publications and artists' books. This so called concrete art has nothing to do with external appearances derived from nature, but focuses more on light, colour, form, space and movement. Intuition may play a role in some of the artists’ imaginations, but with others it is restricted and used as a method to make serial and structured compositions.
Publications by these concrete artists include Josef Albers, Joost Baljeu, Bob Bonies, Sol LeWitt, Richard Paul Lohse, François Morellet, Jan Slothouber, Victor Vasarely and Carel Visser.
Diana Franssen en Willem Smit.
The exhibition takes place in the library, which is opened from Tuesday until Friday from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. Access weekends: ask at the cash register or information desk. Entrance to the library is free.
2017: THE MONDRIAAN TO DUTCH DESIGN theme year
In 2017, it will be the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Dutch artistic movement called ‘De Stijl’ (The Style). Established in 1917 in the Netherlands with founding members Piet Mondrian (born Mondriaan) and Theo van Doesburg, it was originally a magazine, which published Mondrian’s theories on art but it grew into a wider art movement that widely influenced modern architecture, design and fashion. Over the past 25 years, the desire to modernise design and art that characterised De Stijl has been carried forward under the banner of Dutch Design.
To celebrate the anniversarye, NBTC Holland Marketing, together with its partners, has declared 2017 as the Mondriaan to Dutch Design theme year. Van Abbe and De Stijl is part of the programme in Brabant.