De Stijl

De Stijl

Straight lines and ninety-degree angles rule my life so when I saw Tate Modern was hosting a Theo van Doesburg exhibition I snapped up a ticket. TvD is best known for his rigidly geometric paintings using a palette of primary colours and black and white as well as forming the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl.

The items on dispaly included paintings, posters, magazines, books, typography, adverts, text books and furniture so there was a wide variety of things to see. That said I was a little underwhelmed with a lot of what was on show. Maybe I was expecting something more but in any case I was impressed with the furniture, especially the Red and Blue Chair and the Sideboard.

I didn't get to see the whole exhibition because I had an hour to get around it all before closing and only managed about three-quarters of it. Overall it was enjoyable, the highlight for me being a text book explaining how to layout a printed page illustrated with an image of some unjustified text accompanied by centrally aligned images with a great big red cross through it all. They're very strict these minimalists and that's why I love them.