Gerrit Th. Rietveld

April 7 - June 2, 2013

opening Sunday April 7, 4 pm by
Gerrit Oorthuys and Job Meihuizen

First 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
‘Red–Blue’ chair, the 'ZigZag' chair and 'Beugelstoel'. The works come from major Dutch private collections, most have never seen by the public before.

The 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.

One 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.



download VIVID catalogue of the exhibition (9.2Mb)

Gerrit 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.

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Finissage Rietveld Exhibition

Sunday, June 2, 2013

location: Galerie VIVID, Scheepmakershaven 17

12.00: welcome

12.30: guided tour exhibition by Aad Krol and Saskia Copper

location: Het Nieuwe Instituut (NAi), Museumpark 25

13.30: 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 television

15.30: talk with Job Meihuizen, Hank Onrust and Gerrit Oorthuys

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