100 years of De Stijl

11 videos

In 2017, the Netherlands is celebrating the De Stijl, the iconic artistic movement based around straight lines and primary colours. De Stijl artists turned their hands to painting and sculpture, architecture, industrial design, typography and even to literature and music.

Museums and art institutes throughout The Netherlands organise exhibitions and many other inspiring events about De Stijl to celebrate this fact.

De Stijl started in Leiden in 1917 when De Stijl magazine was established by Theo van Doesburg. De Stijl artists, such as Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld searched for a completely ‘new art’ that is also expected to renew all of society.

On this series page, we've collected the video's about the exhibitions that are organized especially for the De Stijl celebration, but also added some video's from our achives that highlight art works and artists around De Stijl.

Photo on top of page: Gerrit Schreurs Photography

11 episodes of 100 years of De Stijl

  • Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style

    This summer, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut present an overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of De Stijl.

  • Huis de Lange - living in a work of art

    In 1917 architect Jan Wils asked Theo van Doesburg to make a stained glass window for a stairwell in a house in Alkmaar.

  • Arp: The Poetry of Forms

    Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966) is one of the most innovative and influential artists of the European avant-garde. Now, for the first time since Arp’s death in 1966, there is a major retrospective of his work. A unique opportunity for lovers of art, nature and poetry.

  • MONDRIAN – DALÌ: the monographic exhibition

    In this episode of the series ‘Iconic exhibitions in the 20th century’, art historian Carel Blotkamp explains that Mondrian’s development was not as logical and self-evident as is generally suggested.

  • De Stijl centenary postage stamps

    On 27 March 2017, as part of the celebrations of '100 Years of De Stijl: Mondrian to Dutch Design’, the Dutch postal service is issuing ten De Stijl postage stamps in partnership with Het Nieuwe Instituut and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The stamps are designed by graphic design studio PutGootink.

  • Chris Beekman, De Stijl Defector

    The Stedelijk Museum presents the forgotten De Stijl artist Chris Beekman. As an anarchist, he was one of the most politically active artists affiliated with the movement.

  • The return of Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III

    After a long time the painting 'Who's afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III' found its way back to the Stedelijk Museum. Bart Rutten, Head of Collections, tells more about the background of the painting.

  • Rietveld's little red chair

    Alied Ottevanger, curator Design & applied arts, talks about the little red chair by Gerrit Rietveld.

  • Mondrian and Cubism - Paris 1912-1914

    Film on the occasion of the exhibition Mondrian and Cubism - Paris 1912-1914 in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

  • Vilmos Huszár: Mechanical Dancing Figure

    Reconstruction of the Mechanical Dancing Figure from 1922 by Vilmos Huszár, a De Stijl artist.

  • The work of David Bade

    This film shows David Bade at work in his studio, as well as on location, working on a project with a group of students.