News — 10 May 2017

Barnett Newman, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III, 1967-1968, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. C/o Pictoright

Amsterdam, 10 May 2017 – Alongside three presentations exploring unexpected facets of De Stijl, this year the Stedelijk will also lend a large number of artworks for exhibits highlighting 100 years De Stijl. This year, the Stedelijk is lending thirteen works from its collection to five museums. As of 6 May, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III by Barnett Newman will feature in The Colours of De Stijl at Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, an exhibition that zooms in on the De Stijl artists’ use of colour and how, after WW II, artists continued to research the autonomous power of colour. Since acquiring the work in 1969, the Stedelijk has only lend the painting on three previous occasions. Other iconic works from the Stedelijk holdings by Josef Albers, Jasper Johns, Yves Klein and Robert Ryman will also be included in the same presentation. After the Amersfoort exhibition, the Jasper Johns artwork Untitled travels to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, followed by the Broad Museum in Los Angeles.

Other museums to receive works on loan from the Stedelijk as part of the De Stijl centenary year are Museum Dr8888, where work by Wobbe Alkema and Bart van der Leck are on show in De Stijl van Drachten, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, where work by Mondriaan can still be seen this month in Piet Mondriaan and Bart van der Leck, and Centraal Museum Utrecht where work by Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck and the Witteveen High Chair by Gerrit Rietveld (purchased jointly by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Centraal Museum Utrecht) are highlights in the exhibition Rietveld’s Masterpiece: Long live De Stijl! Earlier this year, a presentation at the Rijksmuseum featured work by Wim Crouwel and Bart van der Leck from the Stedelijk collection.

De Stijl at the Stedelijk

This year, in a series of exhibitions commemorating the centenary of De Stijl, the Stedelijk presents: De Stijl at the Stedelijk (3 December 2016 – 21 May 2017), Chris Beekman, De Stijl Defector (8 April – 17 September 2017) and De Stijl and Metz & Co (14 October 2017– 28 January 2018).

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

For further details about exhibitions in the Netherlands celebrating a hundred years since the founding of De Stijl, see Mondrian to Dutch Design, and our website. 

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