exhibition

De Stijl and Metz & Co
14 Oct 2017 - 28 Jan 2018

Members of De Stijl created furniture, interior textiles, packaging and other design items for the Amsterdam department store Metz & Co. This presentation includes a selection of striking objects from the Stedelijk collection by artists including Bart van der Leck, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart and Vilmos Huszár, in conjunction with the designs they created for Metz & Co.

Bart van der Leck, rug, 1930/1951, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Bart van der Leck, rug, 1930/1951, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Members of De Stijl created furniture, interior textiles, packaging and other design items for the Amsterdam department store Metz & Co. From the late 1920s, the department store was highly influential in disseminating Modernism in the Netherlands. The presentation includes a selection of striking objects from the Stedelijk collection by artists including Bart van der Leck, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart and Vilmos Huszár, in conjunction with the designs they created for Metz & Co. The exhibition pays particular attention to the Zig-Zag furniture designs of Gerrit Rietveld, several of which Metz & Co put into production in 1934. Also featured is work by artists who adopted the aesthetic of De Stijl such as Sonia Delaunay, who created a large number of fabric designs for the department store.

 

 

2017: 100 YEARS OF DE STIJL

2017 marks a hundred years since the founding of De Stijl, a legendary group of artists and architects that revolved around Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld. Museums throughout the Netherlands will be celebrating this special year. In a series of three presentations throughout 2017, the Stedelijk will focus on unexpected sides of De Stijl, such as an exhibit highlighting the work of De Stijl defector Chris Beekman. The Stedelijk also pays attention to connections with the Russian Revolution, which also occurred in 1917.

The exhibitions marking 100 Years of De Stijl are part of the Stedelijk’s new, longer-term research project. This initiative centres on approaching, interpreting and presenting the museum collection in an experimental way, with no distinction between art and design. The project also examines the rich history of the institute, and the archives.