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Baltan Session: Baltan in the Bus Stop. DE STIJL versus RGB
|07/04/2011 19:00 to 21:00|
On Thursday, April 7, 2011 Baltan Laboratories and the Van Abbemuseum host an evening dedicated to the current project in the Rietveld Bus Stop on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven: Baltan in the Bus Stop. DE STIJL versus RGB. The artists, Maurer United and Geert Mul, will discuss the project, followed by a conversation between architect Bertus Mulder, who worked closely with Rietveld in the 1960s, and Arie van Rangelrooy, architect and board member of the ‘Rietveld Bus Stop’ Foundation. The presentations will take place in the library of the Van Abbemuseum, followed by a visit to the project on the Stadhuisplein.
On a yearly basis since 1990, the ‘Rietveld Bus Stop’ Foundation invites someone from the art world to develop a project for the Rietveld Bus Stop at the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven. This year they invited Christiane Berndes, curator at the Van Abbemuseum. She worked with Baltan Laboratories, and together with Angela Plohman, director of Baltan, they invited artists Geert Mul and Maurer United Architects to present their vision on the significance of Rietveld and De Stijl today. The project is installed until November 2011.
BALTAN IN THE BUS STOP. DE STIJL VERSUS RGB
A project by Geert Mul and Maurer United Architects
for the Rietveld Bus Stop, Stadhuisplein, Eindhoven
(November 2010 – November 2011)
In 1962 the renowned Dutch architect, graphic designer and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld designed an advertising column with a shelter for the City of Eindhoven. The design was only produced after Rietveld’s death in 1964, but for various reasons was never used for its originally envisioned purpose. As a result, as years went on, no one could remember why the structure existed and who had made it. Like so many objects in public space, it lived on in anonymity.
At the end of the 1980s, the Rietveld structure was rediscovered and received a new location and a new function. It never actually became a bus stop either, but did become a place where artists, designers and architects could show their work or realise a special project.
From November 2010 until November 2011, artist Geert Mul and Maurer United Architects transform the Rietveld Bus Stop. They were inspired by the map of Eindhoven made out of mosaic tiles located on the wall under the roof of the bus stop. It is one of the first city maps in public space. The square tiles from which the map is constructed give the image a pixellated character that echoes the early imagery of the computer age. In this design, Rietveld strayed from the typical red, yellow and blue colours of De Stijl. With the colours he chose to use (red, green, blue), he inadvertently made a connection to the television and computer age. (more…)