The exhibition Rietveld’s Universe, first shown in the Centraal Museum Utrecht and the Dutch Architecture Institute (NAI) continues in the MAXXI (National Museum of 21st Century Arts) in Rome.
Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964), will be the first 20th century architect to whom the MAXXI (recently winner of the prestigious Stirling Prize for contemporary architecture) has dedicated an entire exhibition.
The choice of Rietveld is not merely a coincidence, since in the 1950’s the Dutch designer and architect spent some time in Rome, as the curator of an exhibition dedicated to the â€œDe Stijlâ€ movement.
The exhibition includes a Rietveld Workshop, where visitors to the museum are offered the opportunity to play around with the architect’s designs themselves.
Riteveld, who was born and lived in the city of Utrecht itself, gained fame because of his red and blue chair and because of the Rietveld SchrÃ¶derhuis.
The Rietveld exhibition at the MAXXI will start on April 14 and last until July 17, 2011.