The comprehensive and groundbreaking Iconoplastic: 100 Years of De Stijl is on view until 08 December 2017 at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery.
Located in Sotheby’s subtle second floor gallery “S|2”, De Stijl holds on tight. The legacy aesthetic has hit one hundred years old, but it still looking as fresh as ever. But did you know where De Stijl began? It was actually the name of a journal, started in 1917, composed of a group of avant-garde artists and architects. Prominent among them was Piet Mondrian, who’s signature primary block style has inspired countless comparable approaches. Mondrian was not just an artist but a theorist, mastering this approach in more ways than one.
Now this, as a universal style, De Stijl, also formally known as Neo-Plasticism, applies to painting, sculpture, architecture and even music, continuing to inspire artists and designers today. These micro themes grow rapidly into something with a variety of textures and applications, delving into furniture that truly required an enlightened mind to think of as furniture, rather than art.
It all is assembled at Sotheby’s for viewing and available for purchase straight away, the opening night already sending away a number of important pieces. But make no mistake, it’s a rare and special look at art. Painting, sculpture, architecture and music are fair mediums to S|2’s curator. The exhibition features a variety of works by contemporary masters, including appropriation artists Richard Pettibone and Vik Muniz, and hard-edge minimalists Kenneth Noland and John Mclaughlin, whose artwork was conceptually and aesthetically inspired by the movement. Other important works by principle artists of the movement such as Georges Vantongerloo, Vilmos Huszár, Gerrit Rietveld, Marlow Moss and more.
The De Stijl moment was enthusiastic about engaging with new and rare mediums. Today, we rarely have trouble determining intent of something, and De Stijl is the driving force behind that. The event was engaging and unique, and confirms S|2 as a legitimate space for inspiring, timeless art.
The evening was also presented by Bang & Olufsen which helped celebrate a century of De Stijl art and design. Guests were able to check out a sound installation by Bang & Olufsen to kick off the preview.
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