In 1917, Theo van Doesburg founded De Stijl, a Dutch school of art that relies on simple vertical and horizontal lines in primary colors. Now, 100 years later, the Hague is celebrating by redecorating its buildings to honor the most famous proponent of De Stijl: Piet Mondrian.
The city—home to the Dutch parliament and the U.N.’s international court—recruited the designers at studio VOLLAERSZWART to make over some of the most prominent buildings in town, including City Hall, as Mondrian paintings. The local art museum Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has 300 of Mondrian’s works in its collection.
The linear red, blue, yellow, gray, black, and white design was affixed to windows, facades, skyscrapers, sidewalks, and more. As the Gemeentemuseum declares: “In 2017, the iconic red, yellow and blue of Mondrian and De Stijl will be absolutely everywhere: colors they saw as symbolizing the hope of a better future, full of progress and positive thinking. Make 2017 the year you discover Mondrian!”