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This Mondrian-Style Artwork on The Hague's City Hall Celebrates the Centenary of De Stijl

Picture of Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 1 March 2017
If you’re off to the Netherlands this year, you are bound to come across various tributes to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl movement, including this eye-catching design on the Hague‘s City Hall.
Courtesy of The Hague Municipal Council
Courtesy of The Hague Municipal Council

Inspired by Piet Mondrian, one of the greatest painters and architects of the movement, the installation follows his signature style, using the white facade as a canvas to add blocks of red, blue and yellow separated by black lines.

The design is made up of adhesive plastic sheets rather than actually painted on, which will then be removed after the year of celebration.

The city hall was originally designed by American architect Richard Meier – he started working on the building in 1986, which was a few years after he won the prestigious Pritzker Prize.

Courtesy of The Hague Municipal Council
Courtesy of The Hague Municipal Council

This is only the first part of a series of installations that can be seen across the city, which holds the largest collection of Mondrian’s artworks. Another such example is said to be floating cubical pontoons on the Hofvijver, which is the lake in front of the striking Dutch parliament building.

The Hague isn’t the only place in the Netherlands marking the occasion – the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam will be celebrating the movement’s anniversary by presenting artwork from its chief proponents alongside lesser-known or contemporary examples of De Stijl. Read more about it here.

Courtesy of The Hague Municipal Council
Courtesy of The Hague Municipal Council