De Stijl

The first issue of a new art journal, De Stijl, was published in November 2017. In the introduction, the editor and founder of the journal, Theo van Doesburg, stated that De Stijl was intended as a contribution ‘to the development of a new awareness of beauty. It aspires to make modern man receptive to the new in the Visual Arts’. The journal contained articles by painters and architects from a new generation. They wanted the hierarchy between different artistic disciplines to be abolished, allowing the environment people lived in to be radically redesigned. They developed an abstract, geometric and asymmetrical visual idiom to effect this break with all previous traditions. De Stijl continues to impact on daily life to this day, in the way houses are furnished and in the design of furniture, for example. Well-known artists associated with De Stijl include Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld. Work by all these artists can be seen in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s special Mondrian & De Stijl wing. Designed by artist Krijn de Koning and architect Anne Holtrop, and opened in 2011, this wing of the museum provides a home base for De Stijl in the Netherlands, and tells the history of the movement.

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