In 2019 restoration and conservation began on the collection of architect and artist Theo van Doesburg (1883 - 1931). A collection of great cultural and historical significance, many pieces are lent to museums in the Netherlands and abroad, and it is therefore of great importance that it remains fully accessible and safely manageable. The restoration and conservation of 447 drawings, paintings, photographs, and photomechanical reproductions will be outsourced to paper restorers to be carried out on location.
Koehorst in ’t Veld on Atelier Nelly and Theo Van Doesburg
Theo van Doesburg is the starting point for Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg, the first public exhibition in the context of Disclosing Architecture. This winter, the exhibition will undergo a modest transformation, as the fragile collection items cannot be exposed to light for very long. When designers and curators Jannetje in ’t Veld and Toon Koehorst started working on the exhibition concept, this practical limitation was one of the preconditions. How then did they approach this project? How did they balance their roles as curators and designers? Why does Nelly van Doesburg take centre stage? And how can digitisation help uncover new stories and connections? In an interview, the Koehorst in ’t Veld duo explain the origins of “their” exhibition.
The exhibition Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg recognises Nelly as a key figure in establishing Theo’s reputation. A series of four accompanying articles provides an insight into Nelly’s life, her artistic network and her role in promoting Theo’s work.
Fragile drawings by Theo van Doesburg temporarily on show at the Belvedere, Vienna
Two drawings by Theo van Doesburg of designs for Café Aubette will be exhibited at the Belvedere, Vienna, from 14 February to 1 June 2020. That these drawings can now be exhibited at all is entirely due to intensive research and conservation work carried out by the Disclosing Architecture restoration and conservation programme.
Theo van Doesburg in Barbican Art Gallery
From 4 October, two design drawings for Café Aubette from the archive of Theo van Doesburg will be shown in the exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. In February, the exhibition travels to Vienna, where two other designs for Aubette will be on display. The loan of these drawings has been made possible only after research and conservation as part of the Closer to Architecture programme.
Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg
A new look at the work of Nelly and Theo van Doesburg is possible thanks to the restoration of their architecture archive. The exhibition recognises Nelly as a key figure in the consolidation of the reputation of Van Doesburg and De Stijl. The magnificent focus of the exhibition will be on the couple’s most striking joint project: their studio-house in the Parisian suburb of Meudon. Sketches, drawings and scale models rarely (if ever) exhibited before reveal the house’s rich history.
Discover Van Doesburg
The search portal will highlight four themes and subjects from the Van Doesburg collection – Galerie de L'Effort Moderne, stained glass, the tesseract, and Café Aubette. Get to know Van Doesburg's work through drawings, models, photographs and blueprints, which can now be viewed online in high resolution.