Dick Bruna, Artist, Philips Wing, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
August 18, 2015
Dick Bruna. Artist presents the highlights of more than a half century of graphic design work. Bruna’s distinctive style of clearly drawn lines, primary colours and two-dimensional abstract forms shines through in the book covers he designed for detective novels like De Schaduw (Havank) and Maigret (Georges Simenon) from the Zwarte Beertjes editions, posters for A.W. Bruna & Zn. publishers and the Nederlandse Melkunie, and designs for Miffy.
In interviews, Dick Bruna has often mentioned artists who have influenced him, such as Matisse, Léger, Werkman and members of De Stijl, but for the first time the spotlight is on the art-historical thread that runs through his work. The Rijksmuseum has researched the art-historical connections to these other artists and selected works from its own extensive collection of prints to highlight Bruna’s affinities with other artists.
The exhibition is open daily until 15 November 2015.