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Chairevolution: Revolution or Evolution? – Gerrit Rietveld

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The exhibition “Chairevolution! 300 Years of Designing the Chair” , now on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, offers a chronological sampling of the evolution of Western style and design through one object we all use—the chair. It also challenges us to look critically at those moments when makers and designers rejected traditional styles and created something completely new—those moments when evolution became revolution!

Here’s your chance to be a curator!

Does this chair from the MIA’s collection represent evolution, revolution, or both? Tell us why and check back later as more chairs are added to the mix!

Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch, born 1888, designer; Red-Blue Chair, c. 1974 (designed 1917-1918), painted beechwood and polywood, The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota 98.276.42

Probably Gerrit Rietveld’s most famous creation, this chair was originally designed between 1917 and 1918 and went through several phases–both painted and unpainted, and with and without side panels. Considered the three-dimensional equivalent of abstract paintings by Piet Mondrian, the chair is remarkably cerebral yet surprisingly functional. Today, this chair is regarded as the supreme icon of modernity. more on Gerrit Rietveld on YouTube »

“Chairevolution! 300 Years of Designing the Chair”
Now through November 28, 2010
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Does this chair from the MIA’s collection represent evolution, revolution, or both? Tell us why.

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