the hague has unveiled the world’s largest mondrian painting on the façade of richard meier’s iconic architectural landmark, city hall. familiar red, yellow and blue surfaces and straight lines wrap the mega-structure, forming a totally unique composition that blends the building’s architectural facets with precisely-painted blocks of color. the hague municipal council’s decision to honor the world renowned artist through this outdoor exhibition heralds the start of a themed year coined ‘mondrian to dutch design’.
the mondrian façade design was created by artists madje vollaers and pascal zwart of studio VZ on the richard meier-designed city hall building. upon its completion in 1995, the site established the hague’s new city center, hosting the main public library, a council chamber, cafés, exhibition spaces, and a wedding room within its overall volume.
the hague’s year-long celebration of the artist coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the dutch art movement de stijl, a creative crusade that sought to create a totally ‘new art’ that hoped to modernize society. mondrian — a great example of the movement — has gone on to inspire contemporary creatives such as hella jongerius, maarten baas, joris laarman and piet hein eek, who are still influenced by the principles of de stijl today.
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