Sunday Seminar | Steven Aalders and thoughts on De Stijl
19 Mar 2017

Teijin Auditorium
3 - 4:30 pm
Museum card 3 E | Students 10,50 E | Regular 18 E


The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, in cooperation with the authors of The fifth line. Thoughts of a painter (De vijfde lijn. Gedachten van een schilder) and in conjunction with the collection presentation De Stijl at the Stedelijk (December 3, 2016 – May 21 2017) organizes an afternoon with a book review and short columns based on thoughts on De Stijl. The guest speakers will, with their contemporary as well as historical interpretations of the book and the collection, suggest an alternative art history, which transcends timelines and disciplines. The book will be presented during this afternoon.

- Artist and author Steven Aalders
- Cultural historian and author Robert van Altena
- Graphic designer Irma Boom
- Art historian Prof. Dr. Hugo van der Velden (University of Amsterdam)
- Koen Kleijn, art historian, documentary maker, journalist and writer
- Curator and Manager Education, Interpretation and Publications Margriet Schavemaker (Stedelijk Museum)

The book, designed by Irma Boom and edited by Prometheus, reflects a series of conversations between radio host Robert Altena and artist Steven Aalders on abstract painting in relation to the world. Aalders bases his ideas on his own work as well as works by others. Links are established with other disciplines, including literature, music, architecture and philosophy. Important sources of inspiration for him are Mondrian and De Stijl. As an contemporary artist, he sees plenty of opportunities to further develop and evolve their ideas.

The collection presentation, on display in the historical building of the Stedelijk Museum, examines different facets such as use of color, the diagonal, purity, architecture and the dissemination of the movement. Works of De Stijl that powerfully convey this ideology, are juxtaposed with work by post-war artists. De Stijl was clearly an inexorable certainty for successive generations. Some artists offer an inspired ode; others explore what De Stijl means today.