100 years of De Stijl in the Noordoostpolder

It has been 100 years since the art movement De Stijl was founded in 1917. And the Noordoostpolder is joining in the celebrations! Various activities will reveal the influence of De Stijl and the traces it left on the Noordoostpolder. 

Noordoostpolder, a geographic Mondriaan.
Viewed from above, the Noordoostpolder closely resembles a painting by Piet Mondriaan, whose work was characterised by the use of primary colours and geometric shapes. The selection procedure for the first inhabitants of the Noordoostpolder had many of the aspects of the search for an ideal society. This idea is also reflected in the philosophy of De Stijl.

The village of Nagele was designed in the 1950s by the architects from De Acht and Opbouw. They were inspired by the concepts expressed by De Stijl. Nagele is one of the few places where  modern architects in the 1950s could realise their ideas on a large scale. The Museum Nagele displays the history of this concept and design.

Landscape artwork Pier + Horizon 
During the design of the landscape artwork Pier + Horizon located in Kraggenburg, the artist Paul de Kort was inspired by the work of Mondriaan, especially the series of studies and paintings called Pier and Ocean. The dyke is a great vantage point from which to view this artwork.     

Mondriaan tulip painting 
During the tulip festival (mid-April to the beginning of May) the largest Mondriaan painting ever made with tulips can be admired in the Noordoostpolder. The Mondriaan tulip painting is laid out along the longest tulip route in the Netherlands.