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The Hague city hall is now the world’s largest Mondrian painting

To celebrate the centennial of the Dutch art movement known as De Stijl, the Netherlands is doing something big. Like turning-buildings-into-giant-Piet-Mondrian-artworks big.

The first of which is The Hague city hall. Designed by Richard Meier and built in 1995, the structure features an all-white façade that basically makes it a giant blank canvas.

Commissioned by the city, artists Madje Vollaers and Pascal Zwart of Rotterdam-based Studio VZ renovated it with rectangular panels of bold and bright colours. The end result looks similar to a Mondrian composition.

The Hague city hall

Dutch officials are even dubbing it as “the largest Mondrian painting in the world.”

The Hague city hall

In the coming weeks, more buildings and public places will get the same treatment as part of a nationwide, year-long program to celebrate De Stijl.

The Hague city hall

The Hague’s Gemeentemuseum, for instance, owns the world’s largest collection of Mondrian’s paintings – about 300 works – and will be displaying all of them in the exhibit The Discovery of Mondrian.

The Hague city hall

You can find out more about the program here.

Via Design Boom

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