The Beauty of Everything

09.04. - 02.07. 2017
Marie tak van Poortvliet Museum
Ooststraat 10a, Domburg


‘DE STIJL’ 1917 – 2017

This year it's been 100 years since the avant-garde art movement ‘De Stijl’ was established. Its most famous representative Piet Mondrian stayed in the preceding years, from 1908 to 1916, regularly in Domburg. In the Walcheren coast place again and again, he was overwhelmed by the countless shades of colours, the play of light, the sea and the beautiful flat countryside with here and there a vertical object. He rendered them in many works that formed a quest for the perfect harmony of the to the largest simplicity returned opposites. A herald of De Stijl. Domburg is the place where all lines meet, where Piet Mondrian went through the most important development in his work and where at the so-called Domburgsche Tentoonstellingen (Exhibitions; 1911-1921), among other things, work by his De Stijl companions Theo van Doesburg and Vilmos Huszár was shown as well.


Mondrian to dutch design

Everywhere in the Netherlands, 100 years De Stijl and 100 years of innovation is commemorated with exhibitions, culture walks and events, also in Zeeland! The MTVP Museum Domburg presents in its Spring Exhibition 2017 the Zeeland work of the Hungarian-Dutch artist Krisztián Horváth (1976), who à la Mondrian underwent a Zeeland inspiration-experience and development.


the beauty of everything

During his first years in the Netherlands, Krisztián Horváth was moved by the green land of Overijssel and Gelderland. With a generous gesture, he painted polychrome naturalistic and Impressionist forest and heathland landscapes – with the yellows and greens of Van Gogh – while in the background, almost at the same time, a germ of a more aesthetically decorative approach developed. Impressionism gave way to a period affected by the Art Nouveau, but still it is only thereafter that his work showed the evolution to a very personal style. In 2000 he came to Domburg for the first time. The introduction to the sea, to the coastal region of Walcheren and the light of Zeeland was a revelation for him, which was to lead to an ever-increasing abstraction, sometimes subtle, then again bursting into a bright and brilliant use of colour. From Hungary Horváth had brought with him warm, earthy colours, which after his Van Gogh-period mixed with what he called: the ' kitsch-colours ' of Toorop and Mondrian.

According to him, the sea made it inevitable that he went abstract, first of all in his paintings. In a next stage, his work got a three-dimensional character. Dots became small cubes, applied to painted wooden surfaces and then they became like constructions incorporated in a playful set of lines. That led to a multitude of compositions. Once more two-dimensional and sparkling of form and colour, were his impressions of het Zeeuwse Meisje (the Zeeland girl) and of flowers, followed by a yellow-blue period, in which he focused on Domburg dunes and gardens. Then moderation and a reorientation took place. Thereafter, in particular, he took to charcoal drawings and studies among others of the Manteling-woods near Domburg.


Since a couple of years, Krisztián Horváth is also making silver and gold jewelry. In this impressive exhibition THE BEAUTY OF EVERYTHING, about 90 works show the many different stages of his Zeeland oeuvre. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication by Francisca van Vloten.

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