Piet Mondriaan and Bart van der Leck Exhibition

Gemeentemuseum, The Hague 11 February – 21 May 2017

Bart van der Leck, Composition No 8, oil on canvas, 95 x 130 cm. Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag


In 2017 it will be exactly 100 years since the launch of the Dutch art and design movement known as ‘De Stijl’. The Netherlands is set to mark the centenary with a year-long programme of events under the title Mondrian to Dutch Design. 100 years of De Stijl.

As home both of the world’s greatest Mondrian collection and of one of its major De Stijl collections, the Gemeentemuseum will be at the heart of the celebrations in 2017. No fewer than three separate exhibitions will be held at the museum to pay appropriate tribute to the group’s revolutionary achievements. The event kicks off on 11 February with an exhibition about the genesis of a new kind of art that has forever changed the world we live in.

De Stijl’s iconic red, yellow and blue palette is still in vogue. You see it in today’s fashion and magazine design, on packaging, in advertisement and in video clips. But who actually invented the movement’s distinctive signature style? This spring, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag unravels the history of De Stijl’s radical new art. Key to it was the friendship and reciprocal influence between the movement’s two foremost painters: Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck.

The first exhibition “Piet Mondriaan and Bart van der Leck” will be held in Gemeentemuseum, The Hague between 11 February – 21 May 2017.

Thrown together in the Dutch village of Laren, these world-famous artists worked hand-in-hand over a seminal three-year period.

The exhibition will have no fewer than 80 works of art and will offer not only an in-depth view of both artists, but also a demonstration of the ways in which they influenced and challenged each other.

Which of them, for example, was the first to employ primary colours? And which was for or against the diagonal – Mondrian or Van der Leck?

The Gemeentemuseum is doing new research on the reciprocal working relationship between the two artists. The results will be revealed in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue.

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