The House - The Street - The City
Mondriaan & De Stijl
Victory Boogie Woogie
Mondrian and De Stijl finally have a permanent home base in the Netherlands. Besides Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the work of De Stijl is the only art form to be included in the Canon of Dutch History. Without De Stijl, the homes and streets and the very cityscapes of the western world would have looked very different. Moreover, the group that grew up around Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg continues to inspire artists, designers and architects even to this day. It is difficult to overestimate the significance of De Stijl, a movement that played a pivotal role in the European Avant-Garde. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is dedicating an entire wing to Mondrian and De Stijl.
The exhibition has been arranged around the concept of 'The House - The Street - The City', after an article written by Piet Mondrian in 1925. A historical, chronological arrangement may well be an ideal way to show the successive events as they happened, but this approach does far more justice to the fascinating confluence of art, design, and architecture. Moreover, the theme-based display really brings the exhibition to life. The exhibition is innovative, moving from the micro to the macro level, starting from the intimacy of the living room before zooming out to the street and the city, covering subjects such as advertising, photography, fashion and society.