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Rob Dettingmeijer, Marie-Thérèse van Thoor and Ida van Zijl (eds.)

Rietveld's Universe

Design:Lesley Moore, Illustrated (colour and b/w), Paperback, 272 pages, size: 24 x 22 cm
English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-746-1, € 47.50
Dutch edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-745-4
October 2010

In association with with Utrecht’s Centraal Museum, Utrecht University, the ®MIT Research Centre and the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute

Publication in the context of Rietveld Year 2010 and the ‘Rietveld’s Universe’ exhibition at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht from 20 October 2010 to 13 February 2011.

14 April - 10 July 2011 exhibition Universo Rietveld at MAXXI, Rome

Rietveld's UniverseThe Utrecht architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) is one of the best known Dutch design professionals of the twentieth century, world-famous for his Red-Blue Chair and the Rietveld Schröder House. But few are aware of the full range of his oeuvre.

In this lavishly illustrated book, leading international scholars bring Rietveld’s ideas to life and show how his work and methods were influenced by his surroundings, his professional circle, and the social tendencies of his day. Rietveld was affiliated with De Stijl and played an important role within the Modern Movement in architecture. With more than one hundred built architectural works and many pieces of furniture to his name, he is among the pioneers of modern culture.

This book offers an in-depth look at Rietveld’s personal universe, background, network, and perspective on the world. By focusing on his working methods and comparing them to those of contemporaries such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, it paints a surprising new picture of Rietveld’s unique contribution to twentieth-century visual art, architecture, and design.

Rietveld’s Universe is the end result of a joint study by the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Utrecht University, and the ®MIT department of Delft University of Technology. This research programme underlies the fresh look at Rietveld's work presented in this book, with contributions by Anthony Alofsin, Ole Bouman, Dolf Broekhuizen, Maristella Casciato, Jurjen Creman & Otakar Mácel, Rob Dettingmeijer, Roman Koot, Marieke Kuipers, Marijke Kuper, Dietrich Neumann, Ivan Nevzgodin, Wolfgang Tegethoff, Marie-Thérèse van Thoor, Ida van Zijl, and Hielkje Zijlstra.

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