16 September 2017 till 17 October 2017 / Free

Balance By Struggle

Formal And Functional - Cultural Effort Of Reflecting On Society

On the 16th and 17th of September you are invited to join a two-day time travel through the art history of the 20th century and now within the walls of Gemeentemuseum. The exhibition "Balance By Struggle” explores the relationship between two of the most famous personas of De Stijl, Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondriaan, by getting to the core of their disagreement: formality vs informality. A primary struggle for all artists, times and movements.

The exhibition is constructed as an extra layer on top of an already existing display of the Gemeentemuseum. It consists of 8 pairs of specifically chosen seminal artists and takes you on a journey through their artistic questioning and the struggle of finding ones position in society. Introducing you to the "Informal Function" of Le Corbusier's architecture, we invite you to question the boundaries of “Freedom Of Expression” with Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning, and through the “Reconsideration” of art with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, we enter the space of “Provocative Questions” pointed at you by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and many others.

This event is part of 100 Years of the De Stijl/Mondrian year and belongs to the education programme 'Mentality-No Style’ in which a selected group of 20 KABK-students Graphic Design and Interior Architecture & Furniture Design have worked for almost a year within the mindset of ‘De Stijl’: multidisciplinary and with a strong public character. From February 2017 the students have been following theory lessons of the style-connoisseurs, and were immersed in all aspects of this artistic movement: of typography and furniture designs to forms of presentation and use of the public space. In collaboration with partners such as The Hague Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and TodaysArt Festival they have planned five public programmes. The project has been made possible with financial support from the municipality of The Hague.