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Opening next week, the exhibition All or nothing – Robert van ‘t Hoff, architect of a new society will show the oeuvre of architect and theorist Robert van ’t Hoff (1887-1979) and give an insight into his personality. The work of the avant-garde architect, who was a member of the ‘De Stijl’ movement, reveals his deep social commitment.

An unusual feature of this retrospective exhibition is the complete interior of a study designed by Van ’t Hoff for his home in New Milton, which was recently donated to the museum by his daughter Megan van ’t Hoff (1922-2009).  This retrospective also includes other projects that are exhibited for the first time, including a three-seat sofa (1920) and a small oak bookcase (circa 1933), which he had made for his own use. The architecture department of the TU Delft reconstructed a chair by Van ’t Hoff, the original of which, built by Rietveld in 1918, has been lost.

In addition, the museum will show the original drawings and photographs of his built oeuvre, the best known examples of which are Zomerhuis Verloop (1914-1915) and Villa Henny (the Concrete Villa, 1914-1919) and furniture, sketches for communes and rare socio-utopian documents that were in his possession.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam.

When:  April 2 – August 29 2010 (Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., The sculpture garden closes at 4.30 p.m.)

Where: Kröller-Müller Museum

Robert van 't Hoff (1887 - 1979), Villa Henny, Huis ter Heide-Bosch en Duin

Ontwerp Robert van 't Hoff, Residence New Milton with annex designed for study

Robert van 't Hoff (1887 - 1979), Interior study, own home, New Milton

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