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In close cooperation with Tate Modern in London, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden presents a major exhibition on Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) and this artist’s influence on the international avant-garde. The 300-plus works by some 80 artists take up the whole museum. Paintings, sculptures, scale-models, furniture, posters, films, typographical designs and magazines illustrate the lively international world of art in which various disciplines became increasingly more interwoven. Van Doesburg is portrayed as a tireless, versatile, key person within the international avant-garde.
Artists whose works are on view include El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Gino Severini, Karl Peter Röhl, Werner Gräff, Walter Dexel, Kurt Schwitters, Hans and Sophie Arp, Raoul Hausmann, Hans Richter, Henryk Berlewi, Piet Mondrian, Vilmos Huszár, Bart van der Leck, Alexander Archipenko and Fernand Léger. The works of art are on loan from museums from around the world. Many of these works have never been on display before in the Netherlands.

Many activities are organised around this exhibition: films, theatre and special activities for children.

From 20 October 2009 until 3 January 2010 Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World is on display at De Lakenhal in Leiden and from 4 February until 16 May 2010 at Tate Modern, London.

Cover catalogue, edited by Gladys Fabre and Doris Wintgens Hötte (240 pages and 250 colour illustrations;in English only; € 25).