Mondrian to Dutch Design

In 2017, the Netherlands celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl, which consisted of legendary artists such as Piet Mondriaan, Bart van der Leck, and Gerrit Rietveld. That is a century of innovation and creativity! This milestone will be celebrated at various locations across the country.

  • Travel through the Netherlands and experience a century of innovation and creativity
  • Inspiring exhibitions and events around the country
  • De Stijl continues to inspire contemporary Dutch designers

It started in 1917 with the journal De Stijl, founded by Theo van Doesburg. This journal questioned the principles of beauty and functionality and the balance between simplicity and reality. Famous artists like Piet Mondriaan, Bart van der Leck, and Gerrit Rietveld were associated with the movement and had specific ideas about designing a new world: from the chairs we sit on to the cities we live in. The principles of De Stijl continue to inspire contemporary Dutch designers, such as Hella Jongerius, Maarten Baas, Joris Laarman, and Piet Hein Eek.

Art events and exhibitions

The 100th anniversary of De Stijl is celebrated in 2017 with inspiring exhibitions and events around the country. This gives international visitors the perfect opportunity to experience the famous museums of Amsterdam and the wide range of art on offer in the rest of the country.

An artistic journey through the Netherlands

Visitors can learn more about De Stijl founder Theo van Doesburg in Leiden, Amsterdam, and Grachten. The Hague boasts the world's largest collection of Mondriaan paintings, which are much-loved around the world. You can see where the artist grew up in Amersfoort and Winterswijk. Visitors can learn more about Gerrit Rietveld's philosophy in Utrecht and admire the works of Bart van der Leck in the Kröller-Müller Museum. Eindhoven, the Dutch design capital, is where the designs of the future are developed and produced. A trip through the Netherlands is a journey through a century of innovation and creativity: from Mondriaan to contemporary Dutch design.

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