April 7 - June 2, 2013
Sunday April 7, 4 pm by
Gerrit Oorthuys and Job Meihuizen
Ever Rietveld exhibition in a Dutch Gallery
Selection of works from important private collections
In the past a few foreign galleries made exhibitions devoted to the work
of Gerrit Th. Rietveld.
Galerie Vivid is very proud to be the first ever Dutch gallery to organize
a comprehensive presentation of the Dutch architect's original works.
Many of his iconic designs will be on display. Amongst others his famous
chair, the 'ZigZag' chair and 'Beugelstoel'. The
works come from major Dutch private collections, most have never seen
by the public before.
generation that has known Gerrit Rietveld in person and worked with him
is slowly disappearing. This exhibition will tell the story of these people,
show their love for the work of Rietveld and let us admire the Rietveld
furniture they collected.
The collections represented include architects, previous employees of
Rietveld’s architecture firm, teachers and traditional design dealers.
of the highlights of the exhibition will be Rietveld's, monochrome black
'rood-blauwe stoel' designed in 1919, that was commissioned by the famous
Dutch designer Kho Liang Ie in 1963.
A part of the works in the Galerie VIVID exhibition is for sale.
VIVID catalogue of the exhibition (9.2Mb)
June 2, 2013
location: Galerie VIVID, Scheepmakershaven 17
12.30: guided tour exhibition by Aad Krol and Saskia Copper
location: Het Nieuwe Instituut (NAi), Museumpark 25
arrival (free entrance)
14.00: "De weelde van de soberheid", movie (85 min) about the
life and work of Gerrit Rietveld by Hank Onrust made in 1991 for the VPRO
15.30: talk with Job Meihuizen, Hank Onrust and Gerrit Oorthuys
Th. Rietveld (1888 - 1964)
Dutch architect and furniture designer. He started work in his father’s
furniture workshop at the age of 12, and then from 1906 to 1911 he worked
as a draughtsman for C. J. Begeer, a jeweller in Utrecht. During 1904–8
he took evening classes in drawing and the study of ornamentation at the
Kunstindustrieel Onderwijs der Vereeniging of the Museum van Kunstnijverheid
in Utrecht. His interests nevertheless extended further than the applied
arts. Around 1906 he attended classes given by the architect P. J. C.
Klaarhamer (1874–1954), a like-minded contemporary of H. P. Berlage.
This contact with Klaarhamer, who at that time shared a studio with Bart
van der Leck, was of great importance for Rietveld’s development,
for it was through them that he learnt of recent national and international
trends in architecture and the applied arts.
In 1917 Rietveld set up a furniture workshop in Utrecht; the following
year Gerard A. van de Groenekan (1904–94) came to work for him as
an apprentice, and he was to make a significant contribution to the execution
of the furniture designs throughout Rietveld’s career. The workshop
was a turning-point, for it allowed Rietveld to make furniture according
to his own judgement and taste. In 1918 he designed an unpainted armchair,
of which he produced a coloured version in red, blue, yellow and black
probably not before 1923. Known as the ‘Red–Blue’ chair,
it brought him international fame. It is composed of horizontal and vertical
rectilinear planes that overlap at the point of intersection, thus blurring
the volume of the chair and its surrounding space. In 1919 he became involved
with the journal De Stijl: Maandblad voor nieuwe Kunst, wetenschap en
Kultur, probably through Robert van ’t Hoff; he continued as a contributor
until its demise in 1931. The contacts that he made at De Stijl gave him
the opportunity to exhibit abroad as well. He collaborated with Vilmos
Huszár on the model of an interior, which was exhibited in Berlin
in 1923. This included two scale models of pieces of furniture of his
design. A number of life-size examples were made from one of these, the
‘Berlin’ chair, an unconventional, asymmetrical design, composed
of flat surfaces in shades of grey and black.