Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style

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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.


Curators Hetty Berens (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Hans Janssen (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) talk about the partnership and realisation of the exhibition 'Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style' in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them. The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known.

From 10 June to 17 September 2017, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut present an overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement.

Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been.

'Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style'
June 10 - Sept 17, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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Camera and edit: Marit Geluk

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