Rijksmuseum Acquires Two 20th-Century Masterpieces

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AMSTERDAM.- The Rijksmuseum has acquired two masterpieces for its collection of 20th-century art and history: the famous chair designed by Gerrit T. Rietveld around 1918 and a relief by Jan J. Schoonhoven from 1963. Both artworks will be added to the permanent collection of the new Rijksmuseum in 2013. With its red-and-blue colour scheme designed by Rietveld around 1929, this chair became not only a visual manifestation of the Dutch art movement neoplasticism (De Stijl) that Rietveld (1888-1964) was part of, but an international design icon of the 20th century. Despite its name, the „Red and Blue Chair‟ could be ordered in various wood types and colours at the time. This rare white edition is unique and of great cultural and historical significance. Produced in Rietveld‟s own furniture-making shop before it was taken over by his assistant Gerard van de Groenekan, this is one of the few early chairs that can