To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of De Stijl, Het Nieuwe Instituut has formed partnerships with several other cultural institutions, including a co-production with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. The State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning is lending hundreds of works to various exhibitions being staged to mark the centenary of De Stijl.
De Stijl postage stamps
As part of the celebrations of ‘100 Years of De Stijl: Mondrian to Dutch Design’, Het Nieuwe Instituut and PostNL have issued a set of De Stijl postage stamps. The sheet of stamps has been designed by PutGootink (René Put and Brigitte Gootink) and is based on images from the collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
This year, hundreds of pieces from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut are being loaned to other museums for exhibitions celebrating the centenary of De Stijl. Het Nieuwe Instituut’s partners include Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort (The Colours of De Stijl), EYE Museum (during the Berlinale and the Cannes Film Festival) and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (Rietveld’s Masterpiece: Long Live De Stijl!). Through its loans to these exhibitions, Het Nieuwe Instituut is contributing to the mobility of the nation’s art collections, a subject that is high on the agendas of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Museums’ Association.
Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style
The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them. The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. This summer, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut present an overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been.
The aircraft interiors of G. Th. Rietveld
This year numerous objects from the archives of De Stijl-related architectural material are being lent to museums that are celebrating the centenary anniversary of De Stijl. From 6 May, Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort presents more than 20 works from Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archive: drawings of aircraft interiors designed by Rietveld in the 1950s for KLM. Pronounced colours did not play a major role in Rietveld’s post-war designs, but he did return to bold colours for the airplane interiors.