1. This summer, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut present an overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of De Stijl. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. Curators Hetty Berens (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Hans Janssen (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) talk about the partnership and realisation of the exhibition 'Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style' in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

    Camera & Edit: Marit Geluk

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  2. In 1917 architect Jan Wils asked Theo van Doesburg to make a stained glass window for a stairwell in a house in Alkmaar. The design of the house was already finished. Van Doesburg made the window, but he also advanced other suggestions: a stairway sculpture, an ornamental border and a hearth. In addition, he proposed a bright colour scheme for each room. The plan was executed. Van Doesburg declared enthusiastically in a letter that Alkmaar was in revolt. This turned out to be an overstatement but the residents did paint over some of his colours shortly after moving in.
    The present residents of Huis de Lange, Hans and Monique van de Leygraaf, enjoy them. They have carefully researched and reconstructed the original colour schemes.
    Architecture and Interior. The Desire for Style is on at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag from now until 17 September 2017. By exploring five themes, the exhibition teases out the story of how the members of De Stijl not only created a radical new formal idiom, but also used existing technologies, materials and ideas to satisfy their desire for a new style. The exhibition is being held in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

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  3. Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966) is one of the most innovative and influential artists of the European avant-garde. Now, for the first time since Arp’s death in 1966, there is a major retrospective of his work. A unique opportunity for lovers of art, nature and poetry.

    Arp is one of the most innovative and influential artists of the European avant-garde. He began his career as a poet and later worked as a painter, sculptor and graphic artist. Anyone who has visited the sculpture garden of the museum is familiar with Jean Arp from his ‘Berger de Nuages’(Cloud shepherd) (1953). This sculpture has been stealing the show ever since the garden opened in 1961. Now, for the first time since Arp’s death in 1966, there is a major retrospective of his work. A unique opportunity for lovers of art, nature and poetry.

    This short video introduces Arp and offers a preview of the exhibition Arp: The Poetry of Forms.

    The exhibition is on show at the Kröller-Müller Museum from 20 May until 17 September 2017. Arp: The Poetry of Forms is also on show at Turner Contemporary in Margate (UK), from 12 October 2017 until 14 January 2018. Guest curators: prof. Eric Robertson (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Frances Guy.

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  4. Take a sneak peek in the exhibition 'EYE Attack. Op Art and kinetic art.' on display in Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.
    These works of art aim to delude you. You don't see what you think. Something is turning that is in fact standing still and a flat canvas is bulging out.
    It is the first time in fifty years that Op Art and Kinetic Art are on view in this country on such a large scale. The movement with Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley as its most prominent representatives was put on the map internationally with a high-profile exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Works of a large number of artists participating in New York are now on view in Schiedam and this is how Eye Attack shines a light on the roots of Op Art.

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  5. Elke week trommelt Luuk Heezen een museumdirecteur of conservator uit bed voor zijn of haar favoriete kunstwerk uit hun museumcollectie. . In deze aflevering neemt Ralph Keuning - directeur van Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, ons mee naar de roerige jaren '60.

    Het gevoel van de jongere die de wereld wil veroveren.. "het is branie, het zijn wonden, het is gekwetstheid, het is overcompensatie van die gekwetstheid... het is rauw! maar ook: heel erg mooi." Waarom directeur Ralph Keuning voor openingstijd van Museum de Fundatie altijd even voor dit werk van Jan Cremer gaat zitten.

    Jan Cremer twijfelt niet. Geen voorzichtig gedoe, geen aarzelend zoeken, maar felle kleuren en grote gebaren. Cremer spreekt zich krachtig uit; niet alleen op doek, maar ook in tekst. Hij deinst niet terug voor vulgair en humoristisch taalgebruik. De publicatie “Ik, Jan Cremer” zorgde voor veel controverse waardoor Jan Cremer als snel grote bekendheid verwierf. Deze kenmerken zijn nog steeds de basis van zijn kunst en zijn al helemaal goed terug te vinden in het werk wat Ralph Keuning zo aanspreekt. Op dit strijdtoneel is het vurig en verwoed en wordt je meegenomen in de krachtige gebaren van de kunstenaar.

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