In May and June 2017 the exhibition ABSTRACT WALL PAINTINGS III #DESTIJL100YEARS will take place in Apeldoorn, Rotterdam, New York, Sydney and Marseille.
ABSTRACT WALL PAINTINGS III is an exhibition of contemporary abstract art on walls, organized by artists. It is an international project, concurrent in time, theme and title. Several art spaces partnered up to make this project possible simultaneously and in connection with the 100th year anniversary of the art movement De Stijl.
The 100th anniversary of the Dutch artistic avant-garde art movement De Stijl will be celebrated in 2017 with numerous inspiring exhibitions and events all over the Netherlands. Several museums like the Lakenhal Leiden, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Kröller-Müller Museum, will produce the official Dutch program ‘From Mondrian to Dutch Design: 100 years De Stijl. Theo van Doesburg founded De Stijl in 1917. Famous artists including Piet Mondrian (born Mondriaan), Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld were part of this movement, which would come to redefine the word ‘modern’. The De Stijl movement clearly stood out for its innovative use of primary colors, straight lines, and right angles in abstract painting, sculpture, architecture, and design. De Stijl’s influence now reaches into all aspects of culture.
The works produced during De Stijl would go on to influence the Bauhaus style movement and the International Style in architecture, as well as clothing and interior design. The principles of De Stijl-group still inspire artists today. Abstract Wall Paintings III is an international collaboration with artists and art spaces to show current abstract art. The artists in Abstract Wall Paintings III all relate in their own particular way to the legacy of early 20th century abstraction, thus people looking for Mondrian-looking art may come away disappointed, as the participating artists are clearly from this time!