Gerrit Thomas Rietveld: Red Blue Chair, 1918, © Ernst Moritz/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Revolution in red-yellow-blue
Gerrit Rietveld
and contemporary art

14.10.17 – 04.02.18


Soon more on the blog (German)

The Centraal-Museum Utrecht has the most comprehensive Rietveld collection worldwide. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of De Stijl in the Netherlands, a spectacular section of this collection can now come to the Marta Herford. The high-calibre exhibits form the core for an exhibition which, with numerous contributions from contemporary artists, allows us to experience an upheaval which sustainably changed a whole century.


While the battles were raging during the First World War, a number of artists, architects and designers in Holland were preparing the revolution: the artist group De Stijl, founded in 1917 around the magazine of the same name, sought to achieve a radical renewal of life. Abstraction and concentration on primary colours (with black, white and grey), as well as a clear geometric order and the opening up of the picture and living spaces, were the focus of an aesthetic movement which was meant to take in all areas of life.

The architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld became one of the most influential members of this artists’ group. 100 years after De Stijl began, his ideas and designs still resonate – especially for younger artists.


Thank you

Exhibition benefactor

Logo Kunststiftung NRW


Marta partners

Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners und Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.