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Figuration in Style

Villa Mondriaan, 3 March until 24 September 2017

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.

Dutch Design at Villa Mondriaan

In honour of the centenary of De Stijl, museum Villa Mondriaan is exhibiting Dutch Design this whole year in the museum’s Arco-pavilion. After the successful opening of the pavilion by design studio Raw Color, a new exhibition has been opened on the 10th of May. This exhibition displays work by ceramics studio Cor Unum: Contemporary Ceramics. Furthermore there are several 3D-printed design chairs and a lamp on display by Dutch Designer Dirk Vander Kooij.

Dutch Design: Cor Unum (10 May until 30 July 2017)


Dutch Design: Cor Unum at the Arco-pavilion. Image by Evelien Hengeveld

In this exhibition Cor Unum is showing ceramics with a twist. Cor Unum works in co-creation with Dutch designers to create new and innovative products. The ‘Pretty Happy Crockery’ by Maarten Baas turns a plate into a funny face and Roderick Vos gets his inspiration for his ‘MaMa Vase Tompouce’ from a Dutch pastry called ‘tompouce’. The tension between art and ceramic design is played with in a humorous way. Read more about this exhibition here

Dutch Design: Dirk Vander Kooij (3 March until 24 September 2017)

Dirk Vander Kooij (1983) combines design and technology with his 3D-printer manufactured objects. He completed his studies the Design Academy Eindhoven on the topic of “Endless Prototyping”. The precise technique of 3D-printing during his thesis work resulted in a difficult and time-intensive process with the goal of printing a chair. With the concept of “Endless Prototyping” Vander Kooij was the first person to print out a larger object.

Vander Kooij manufactures the machines that produce his furniture himself. He prefers to use only recycled materials in his designs. The structure of plastic thereby plays an important role, and all of the objects are different because of the used recycled materials. Not a single object by Vander Kooij is identical. In the Museum Villa Mondriaan a total of 6 special chairs and a similarly exceptional lamp are displayed. Next to the objects a video can be watched, in which the production process is explained in a unique way.


Dutch Design: Dirk Vander Kooij. Image © Daniël Hoitink