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De Stijl: 100 Years of Modernity

What is De Stijl?

The Dutch review De Stijl was founded in 1917 by Theo van Doesburg, and the name has come to represent the common aims and utopian vision of a loose affiliation of Dutch and international artists and architects.The central figures of De Stijl—van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian—strove for a universal form that would correspond to their spiritual vision. Neo-Plasticism (meaning “a new plastic art”) was the term adopted by Mondrian to describe the qualities that De Stijl artists endeavored to achieve in their work. Read more...

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Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World. A review of the exhibition “Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World,” on display at the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, Holland, from October 20, 2009, to January 3, 2010, and at the Tate Modern, London, from February 4 to May 16, 2010. The largest exhibition ever mounted at the Lakenhal, the show—which was produced in collaboration with Tate Modern—presented the work of Theo van Doesburg, the instigator of the Dutch Modernist movement De Stijl. Throughout his work, Van Doesburg's relevance might be said to lie in his attempts to embody in his own life and work the contradictory premises of essence and contiguity that lie at the root of Modernism. (iCONN OneSearch) Read more...

Figures of the Dance in De Stijl. Explores the images of dancing figures during the De Stijl movement. Contradiction involved in the attempt to convey a sense of movement within the limitations of a static medium; Ideas for a mechanical stage performance; Information on shadow theaters. (iCONN OneSearch) Read more...

De Stijl: 1917-1931, visions of Utopia. The major De Stijl exhibition organized by Mildred Friedman, Curator of Design at the Walker Art Center, is one of the several international events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Netherlands. (iCONN OneSearch) Read more...