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Holland Theme Year 2017: From Mondriaan to Dutch Design

2017 marks 100 years since Theo van Doesburg established a journal called De Stijl to showcase the artistic philosophy of the Dutch art movement De Stijl (Dutch for ‘The Style’). World-famous artists like Piet Mondriaan, Gerrit Rietveld and Bart van der Leck were members of the avant-garde movement. Piet Mondriaan was the shining example of De Stijl. Designers and architects adopted his use of primary colors and horizontal and vertical lines in their architecture, furniture, fashion and advertising. De Stijl greatly influenced art and the world around us, and today it remains in the DNA of the world-renowned Dutch Design. To commemorate this centenary, a variety of events and exhibitions are being organized in the Netherlands in 2017 with the theme From Mondriaan to Dutch Design.

De Stijl

Two major avant-garde movements exemplified international art, design and architecture. They are the Dutch De Stijl and the German Bauhaus. De Stijl originated in Leiden in 1917 when Van Doesburg founded the journal De Stijl. Artists who joined De Stijl sought a totally 'new art' that would also modernize society. Piet Mondriaan stood as the masterful example for all De Stijl artists. They each used, in their own way, Mondriaan’s strict geometry of vertical and horizontal lines and followed his primary colors in their buildings, furniture, streets, fashion and advertising. This geometric visual language and the belief that architecture and design were capable of improving the world around us remain deeply rooted in Dutch Design in the Netherlands. To this very day, the basic principles of the De Stijl movement continue to inspire countless Dutch designers, including Hella Jongerius, Maarten Baas, Joris Laarman and Piet Hein Eek.

Throughout 2017, there will be celebrations of 100 years of De Stijl with numerous large and small exhibitions in various cities in the Netherlands, all centered around the theme From Mondriaan to Dutch Design.

Museum programs

A journey through the Netherlands will be like a journey around the artistic philosophy of De Stijl.

  • Immerse yourself in The Hague in the world's largest Mondriaan collection and get to know this internationally-acclaimed artist through 300 of his works.
  • Stop off in Leiden and Drachten to find out more about founder Van Doesburg.
  • Discover in Utrecht-Amersfoort how Gerrit Rietveld transformed living rooms in the Netherlands through furniture and interiors.
  • Travel to the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo for an introduction to Helene Kröller-Müller‘s protégé Bart van der Leck.
  • Experience how the artistic philosophy of De Stijl lives on in the work of contemporary designs in and around Eindhoven.
  • And be sure not to forget Amsterdam, Winterswijk and numerous cities in the Brabant province where you can see the work of many artists associated with De Stijl and Dutch Design.

More information and program details can be found here: http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/interests/holland-stories/mondrian-to-dutch-design.htm


The international From Mondriaan to Dutch Design year of events in 2017 is being organized jointly by the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC), The Hague Marketing, Tourism Utrecht, Amersfoort City Marketing, Visit Brabant, Leiden Marketing, Visit Veluwe and Museum Drachten. The participating museums are Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum de Lakenhal Leiden (in association with Rijksmuseum Amsterdam), Drachten Museum in Drachten, Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, Rietveld-Schröderhuis in Utrecht, Villa Mondriaan in Winterswijk, the house where Mondriaan was born in Amersfoort, Paviljoen Gerrit Rietveld De Zonnehof in Amersfoort, Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Design Academy Eindhoven, TextielMuseum Tilburg, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch and Moti in Breda.

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