Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck are the two international stars of the De Stijl movement. Thrown together in the Dutch village of Laren, the world-famous artists became friends and worked hand-in-hand over a seminal three-year period. This presentation of no fewer than 80 works of art will offer not only an in-depth view of both artists, but also a demonstration of the ways in which they influenced and challenged each other. Who, for example, was the first to employ primary colours? And who was for or against the diagonal - Mondrian or Van der Leck?
The invention of a new art In fashion and magazine design, on packaging, in advertisements and in videos by international stars like Katy Perry, the world-renowned colour combination red, yellow and blue is still extremely popular. But who originally came up with this signature style? And why? Was it Piet Mondrian? Or is that just a myth? In the spring of 2017, you can find out the answer at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. There you'll become acquainted with the two leading painters in the movement known as De Stijl: Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck. These two world-famous friends laid the groundwork for radical new steps in painting, based above all on the use of primary colours. The large-scale exhibition will present many works by both artists, including international loans from major museums such as the MoMA in New York.
Artists' friendship Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck met during the First World War in the Dutch village of Laren (then an artists' colony). By then, Mondrian had lived in Paris for several years, but when the First World War broke out while he was visiting family in the Netherlands he was unable to return to the French capital for the time being. Bart van der Leck did much of his work in the Netherlands, some of it in The Hague. Van der Leck and Mondrian shared a strong conviction that the modern world needed a new kind of art. Van der Leck's ideas were based on his experience as a stained glass artist and his admiration of the formal simplification found in Egyptian art. Mondrian was very taken with Van der Leck's use of colours. Van der Leck was impressed by Mondrian's search for abstraction. Following Mondrian's example, Van der Leck began calling his paintings 'compositions' and found the courage to abandon his figurative approach.
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is one of the finest and most diverse museums in the Netherlands. The magnificent Berlage building houses not only the largest Mondriaan collection in the world, but also a permanent exhibition of modern art, an outstanding silver collection, finely decorated Delft Blue, interactive Wonderkamers and countless continuously changing exhibitions.
Directions to Gemeentemuseum Gemeentemuseum The Hague is located in Statenkwartier nearby Scheveningen beach and is easy to reach by public transport, car and bike. From Den Haag Centraal Railway Station and Hollands Spoor, tram 16 will take you to the museum in approximately 20 minutes. From Station CS you can also take bus 24, which runs between Station Mariahoeve and Kijkduin.
Gemeentemuseum can be reached by car via Utrechtsebaan towards Kijkduin. On arrival in the city follow the signs for 'Gemeentemuseum'. There are plenty of opportunities for free parking. If the car park should be full then paid parking is available in the World Forum parking garage at Churchillplein 10, which is about a 5-minute walk from Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.