Amersfoort’s arts centre hosts a special exhibition exploring the colours of art movement De Stijl.
Amersfoort’s renowned arts centre, the Kunsthal KAde, celebrates 100 years of the De Stijl art movement, from ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design’, with a special exhibition exploring the vibrant colour palette of De Stijl and its lasting influence on contemporary art.
- The Colors of De Stijl’ exhibition forms part of the national ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design’ theme in 2017.
- The exhibition at the Kunsthal KAde in Amersfoort runs from 6 May to 3 September 2017.
- Visit Amersfoort’s impressive Eemhuis cultural complex, designed by Rotterdam architects Neutelings Riedijk.
Art in Amersfoort
Kunsthal KAde, located in the striking Eemhuis cultural complex in Amersfoort, celebrates the fields of international contemporary art, modern art, design and visual culture with regular exhibitions, workshops, tours and lectures. In 2017, the renowned arts centre explores the relationship between the artistic output connected to De Stijl and a range of contemporary, colour-focused artists. The exhibition forms part of the nationwide ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design’ centenary year celebrations.
Discover ‘The Colors of De Stijl’
The primary colours of red, yellow and blue are synonymous with the artistic output of the De Stijl movement. From Piet Mondrian’s abstract compositions to Gerrit Rietveld’s iconic Red and Blue Chair, this bold combination of colours, punctuated by black, grey and white, are archetypal of the 100-year-old art movement. And while each De Stijl artist held their own position when it came to the application of colour, what unified them was a desire to use it as an independent element. In the exhibition ‘The Colors of De Stijl’, running from 6 May to 3 September 2017, Kunsthal KAdE shows examples by six of De Stijl’s prominent members and goes on to look at how artists have continued to explore the power of colour throughout the past century.
100 years of colour studies
Visitors to the exhibition can see a host of modern artworks displayed together for the first time, including Barnett Newman’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III’ (1970) and Jasper Johns’ ‘Untitled’ triptych (1981), which are on loan from the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Other works coming to Amersfoort include the architectural model of Theo van Doesburg’s colour scheme for Strasbourg’s renovated ‘Aubette’ building, on loan from the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, along with works by Piero Manzoni, Richard Serra and Joseph Kosuth.
Opening times and admission
Kunsthal KAde is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00. It’s closed on King’s Day (27 April), and Christmas Day, but open on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday and Whit Sunday & Whit Monday from 11:00-17:00 hrs.
Admission: Adults: € 10, Children (17 and under): free
Stay overnight at the stylish B&B In Negentienvijf, located in the historic heart of Amersfoort.
Trace the roots of De Stijl in the Amersfoort and Utrecht region, the birthplace of four of its most influential figures: Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld. While you’re in Amersfoort, take some time to visit the Mondriaanhuis, the house where Piet Mondrian was born in 1872, now a museum dedicated to the artist’s life and work.