If you’ve been to any big Dutch city in the last month you will have noticed that Mondriaan/De Stijl-art is used to decorate stations, café’s, ponds, walls and everything else you can think of. That is because De Stijl exists a 100 years! In my hometown, Leiden, twenty contemporary artists were asked to show their art inspired by De Stijl. Me and Juno went to look at their work and made some pictures for you to see.
What is the Stijl exactly? Everyone knows the famous works of Piet Mondriaan. Squares, in the primary colours, on basic white canvas, or Gerrit Rietveld’s chair. And if you are even the littlest bit interested in art, you will know they were a part of De Stijl-movement. But what was that movement all about exactly? The Dutch movement, started in the 1920’s, in Leiden, wanted a radical change in art. They found the existing art not contemporary enough and wanted it to reflect the changes in society. Art had to be as simple as possible and the colours used had tot be the primary colours; red, blue and yellow. These rules were applied not only on paintings, but also in architecture, graphic design etc.
In Leiden 20 artists show of their work, inspired by De Stijl but with a modern twist, at the Pieterschurch in Leiden. Here are some pictures I took!
Let me know what you think!