The Hague

“After Neurath”

Stroom Den Haag

The last few years have seen a growing interest in the work of Austrian philosopher Otto Neurath (1882–1945), who, after World War I, developed a system of “pictorial statistics” that he later dubbed ISOTYPE (International System of Typographic Picture Education). In collaboration with the artist Gerd Arntz, who executed the graphic symbols as linocuts, Neurath devised a method for making complex statistical information more easily accessible. Neurath was convinced that statistics could help enlighten people as to their social conditions, and that they were an essential tool for progressive politics. As the political climate in Europe grew worse in the ’30s, Neurath relocated to Holland; he lived in The Hague between 1934 and 1940, when he fled to England. The exhibition “After Neurath: Like Sailors on the Open Sea,” curated by Steven Rushton—which is part of a more extensive yearlong

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