Vilmos Huszár, Bloeiende Appelboom, 1957. Collectie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
The art of De Stijl is known worldwide for its primary colors and straight lines. This rigid abstraction made icons of the work of Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck and Vilmos Huszár. Lesser known is that the members of De Stijl also dedicated considerable time during their career on realistic and figurative art. From 3 March until 24 September Figuration in Style at Villa Mondriaan shows the figurative art works of these influencial artists. In the former home of Piet Mondrian the tensions between the realistic and abstract forms in their oeuvre are highlighted. Moreover, the exhibition will show never before seen works by Bart van der Leck.
This exhibition by Villa Mondrian is organised on the occassion of the national anniversary year ‘From Mondrian to Dutch Design: 100 years De Stijl’. As such, alongside Figuration in Style Villa Mondriaan also celebrates a 100 years of Dutch Design. In the villa there will be a special reconstruction of a boy’s bedroom with a colourscheme designed by Vilmos Huszár. Until recently the bedroom was in Brazil, as part of the biggest De Stijl exhibition that has ever visited Brazil.
Another important place for Dutch Design in the museum is the Arco-pavillion. Artist collectives and designers, such as RAW Color and Cor Unum, will use this space to highlight different aspects of the Dutch design culture.
Designstudio Raw Color from Eindhoven has opened the Arco-Pavilion of Contemporary Art on the 3rd of February with the installation Chromatology. The studio has been inspired by the early work from Piet Mondrian, when he was living and working in Winterswijk. Chromatology consists of paper shredders which are connected to sensors. Slowly but shurely an artwork is build up with shreds of colored paper. The colors that are used in the shedders resemble the natural colors from the nature and forests that surround Winterswijk. The visitors collectively deside the way the artwork will look like: every movement past the sensors will be translated to colorful paper shreds. These shreds resemble the falling leafs from the trees of Winterswijk's nature; the nature that Piet Mondrian loved to paint when he lived in Winterswijk. The colors Mondrian used to paint in and around Winterswijk are seen in the scrolls of paper used for the installation, the colorful walls of the Arco-pavilion and the delightful photo's of the forrests surrounding Winterswijk by Mike Roelofs.
Note: the image in this article is from a previous exhibition in 2015. Chromatology as seen at Villa Mondriaan will be in the colors Piet Mondrian used to paint Winterswijk.