De Stijl in Utrecht

If you love art, design and architecture, Utrecht is a popular destination. Utrecht is where the world-famous furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld was born. He was one of the big innovators of the well-known art movement called 'De Stijl' (Dutch for The Style), also known as Neoplasticism. The Centraal Museum of Utrecht has the largest Rietveld collection worldwide, here you find the colourful heritage of De Stijl. Like to learn more about the impact of De Stijl on architecture? Visit the Rietveld Schröder House, the only building to have been created completely according to De Stijl principles. Only a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute bike ride from the museum.

De Stijl in Utrecht city

Centraal Museum

There is no better place to discover the work of Gerrit Rietveld than the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Rietveld objects. His world-famous red-blue chair, which many consider the most iconic work produced by De Stijl, is on permanent display at the Centraal Museum together with other pieces of furniture created by Rietveld. The Centraal Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Rietveld Schröderhuis

Besides furniture Rietveld also designed houses. His design for the house of Truus Schröder is the architectural masterpiece of De Stijl and was even rewarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage in 2000. The Rietveld Schröder house is open from Tuesday through Sunday between 11am and 17pm. To visit the house a reservation is required. 

 

Near Centraal Museum

Combine your visit to the Centraal Museum with a tasty lunch or coffee in the street Twijnstraat. In a two-minute walk from the museum you will find this street where fashion is combined with lifestyle products, lunch rooms, boutiques and cafes. Our tips for some nice cafes and restaurants can be found below.

Near the Rietveld Schröderhuis

End your visit to the Rietveld Schröder House with a walk through Wilhelminapark and Burgemeester Reigerstraat. This street is known for its diverse range of shops and countless cafes and restaurants. You can walk through the park in just over ten minutes to the Burgemeester Reigerstraat.

Op weg met Rietveld en Mondriaan

Fancy a cycling or walking tour? De Stijl-cities Amersfoort and Utrecht are connected to each other via a more than 20 kilometer long cycle route. The internationally renowned artist Boris Tellegen designed ten De Stijl-inspired figures that can be found along this route. A walking route of over 5 kilometers through the city of Utrecht follows Rietveld's architecture.

'De Stijl' in Utrecht region

De Stijl has been closely connected with the Utrecht region since its foundation. You can experience the life and works of Mondriaan in the Mondriaanhuis, in his birthplace, in Amersfoort or discover Gerrit Rietveld as an architect in the Rietveld Pavilion in Amersfoort.Visit the Utrecht Region website for more information.

Discover 'De Stijl' in Utrecht region