While many people imagine that De Stijl was cold and humourless, as if its art was made with a ruler on a drawing board, the exhibits in the special wing show that the opposite is true. Using vivid primary colours (red, yellow and blue), members of the movement produced vibrant works of art that are unconstrained and joyful, reflecting a vision of the future that was optimistic in the extreme.
It’s in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the founding of De Stijl, a Dutch modernist movement. Piet Mondrian was a chief progenitor who inspired the likes of Maarten Baas, Joris Laarman and Piet Hein Eek, who are still influenced by the De Stijl today. Thefaçade was created by Madje Vollaers and Pascal Zwart of studio VZ.
Mondrian’s style is overused both in concept and as the sole representation of modernism. I love it but in short visual bursts. Having his iconic work on such an important building looks wonderful but I can see how it would bore Dutch people after a few visits.