In close cooperation with Tate Modern in London, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden presents a major exhibition on Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931), and this artist’s influence on the international avant-garde. Energetically and enthusiastically, Van Doesburg broke new ground as the initiator, ambassador, promoter and organiser of the new art. The 300-plus works by some 80 artists – among whom El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Gino Severini, Kurt Schwitters, Hans and Sophie Arp, Hans Richter, Piet Mondrian, Vilmos Huszár and Alexander Archipenko – are on loan from museums from around the world. Many of these works have never been on display before in the Netherlands.

The richly illustrated catalogue Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World, in English only, edited by Gladys Fabre and Doris Wintgens Hötte (240 pages and 250 colour illustrations), is available at € 25.

Note from IS: We have seen the show and we can say that this exhibition is definately worth a trip. From November 29 on, please visit also the Lakenhal in Scheltema for a small counter exhibition feat. young artists (details soon). And when you'll finally make it to Leiden, please call us ;-P!

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