24 November 2017 - 25 February 2018
|Place||Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland, ms1, Więckowskiego 36, POLAND|
|Organizer||Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.|
Organizers of Life. De Stijl, the Polish Avant-garde and Design exhibition will be the last of a series of exhibitions organised by the Muzeum Sztuki in 2017 as part of the celebrations of the centenary of the Avant-garde movement in Poland, whose aim is to look back at its heritage.
The early 1920s was the time when Polish artists had already got accustomed to the new geo-political situation that gave Poland independence so that it was possible to propose a proper presentation and put into practice the ideas that had so far been existing only in the form of artistic manifestos. At that time, creators and propagators of Neo-Plasticism, such as Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg and Vilmos Huszár, had already gone through the first attempts to move from theory to practice by creating concrete projects in architecture, design and typography. In Poland new architecture was just being shaped, looking for a bridge between the characteristic, regional, manor house style and the Western Europe’s ideas of egalitarian architecture, which could provide everyone with decent living conditions. The main measure of that modernity was functionalism, which dominated the architecture, furniture designs and the choice of colours of interiors.
The exhibition will include about 130 objects: sculptures, paintings, drawings, as well as scale models, reconstructions and archive photographs. They come from the collections of Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam; Centraal Museum in Utrecht; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; Roberto Polo Gallery in Brussels; Museum of Architecture in Wrocław; Polish Modern Art Foundation in Warsaw; Marzona Archive in Berlin, various private collections and the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.