Theo van Doesburg, Simultaneous Counter-Composition, 1929–1930, oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 19 5/8".


“Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde”

Tate Modern
February 4–May 16, 2010

Curated by Vicente Todolí, Gladys Fabre, and Doris Wintgens Hötte

A chief exponent of De Stijl, Theo van Doesburg was anything but doctrinaire. Like the elemental shapes that logically expanded from his canvases to the world itself, his activities reached out to involve such seemingly antithetical developments as the early Bauhaus and Dada. Organized in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, the Netherlands (where the show is on view through January 3), this exhibition comprises more than three hundred pieces by van Doesburg and some eighty of the artists he affected, from Mondrian to Schwitters. The curators have gathered works of painting, sculpture, typography, poetry, music, film, furniture, interior design, and architecture—including model reconstructions of the collaboratively designed Café Aubette in Strasbourg, France—making visible the range of van Doesburg’s influential practice.