Collection: Gerrit Rietveld
Born 24 June 1888 Utrecht, Netherlands. Died 25 June 1964 Utrecht, Netherlands. 1900–04 Trains as a cabinetmaker at his father’s workshop in Utrecht. 1904–08 Takes evening classes in applied art and architecture. 1904–17 Works at the studio of the jeweller C.J.A. Begeer in Utrecht. 1917–24 Runs his own furniture workshop at Adriaen van Ostadelaan 25, Utrecht. 1918–23 First furniture experiments, including the Red Blue Chair. 1919 Becomes involved with the De Stijl movement. 1923 Participates in the exhibition Les Architectes du Groupe De Stijl, Galerie L’Effort Moderne, Paris. 1924 Builts the Rietveld Schröder House for Truus Schröder, the widow of a lawyer, in Utrecht; Gerard van de Groenekan, Rietveld’s former apprentice, takes over the furniture workshop in November. Show more information
1925–33 Runs the architecture office Schröder en Rietveld in the Rietveld Schröder House, collaborating with Truus Schröder on some of the projects that he realises during that time. 1928 Founding member of the Congrès internationaux d’architecture moderne (CIAM) in La Sarraz, Switzerland. 1933–64 Runs the Architectenbureau Rietveld at Oudegracht 55 I, Utrecht (1943–45 barred from practising during the German occupation). 1944–55 Teaches architecture and design at different Dutch universities. 1951–52 Designs and participates in the exhibition De Stijl 1917–1928, shown at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Venice Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1958 First retrospective at the Centraal Museum Utrecht. 1961 Establishes the architectural partnership Rietveld, Van Dillen en Van Tricht. 1964 Made an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) and awarded an honorary doctorate by Technische Hogeschool Delft (now Delft University of Technology).
Text: Ida van Zijl
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