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Mondrian & De Stijl

Discover the world of Mondrian and De Stijl

With no less than 300 works of art, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has the world's largest Mondrian collection. On top of that, the museum has one of the largest De Stijl-collections in the world. At the time, artists united under De Stijl, an art movement in which Mondrian played an active role for several years, rocked the foundations of modern art, architecture and design. After Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh, this group of visionaries is considered one of the most important Dutch contributions to international art. The exhibition Mondrian & De Stijl will give you a glimpse of their world.

Piet Mondrian is one of the world's foremost modern artists. Born in the Netherlands, he wins over the world via Paris, London and New York. He becomes famous for painting in primary colours and straight lines, but his early work is still strongly based on recognisable reality. He paints the world as he sees it: green pastures with cattle and farm houses. Gradually, his paintings become more abstract of nature, such as brightly coloured Zeeland dunes and shining windmills. He also flirts with theosophy and he conjures magical flowers and women on canvas. After being introduced to the Parisian avant-garde, he paints in a cubist style until only straight lines and primary colours are left.

Gemeentemuseum is the only place where you can witness Mondrian's steps towards abstraction. From polders via apple trees to compositions in red, yellow and blue, the exhibition unfolds as an adventurous journey through the life and work of an inimitable artist.  

Go to Gemeentemuseum for the largest Mondrian collection in the world.

De Stijl

In 1917, an artist, architect and critic by the name of Theo van Doesburg invites the most innovative artists of his time to write articles for his new art magazine called "De Stijl". The magazine would soon turn into a movement of artists, architects and designers who are planning to herald a new era of abstract and geometric art and design. Mondrian becomes the great role model for many artists of De Stijl.

While many people believe that De Stijl was very serious and cold, as if their art was created with a ruler on a drawing board, in The Hague you will discover that the opposite is true. With the use of bright, primary colours, De Stijl artists shape their lively, free and cheerful vision of the future: a world full of art. You will see paintings, furniture, advertising posters, fashion and scale models made by painters, designers and architects such as Vil moss Huszár, Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld, who have changed the world forever.

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