Saturday 29 January 2011, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Rietveld's Universe Today: The relevance of Rietveld's oeuvre and legacy
The RMIT department of Delft University of Technology, together with the Netherlands Architecture Institute, UTRECHT MANIFEST / MODERNISMTODAY, the Centraal Museum and Utrecht University is organizing the symposium Rietveld's Universe Today.
Entry: €10.00 including museum entrance, refreshments, lunch and drinks (€7.50 for students, on presentation of a valid student card at the entrance)
The Utrecht-born architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld is well known for the Red Blue Chair and the Schröder House but the rest of his work is no less interesting. In 2006 the research project Rietveld's Universe was initiated with the aim of achieving a greater understanding of his work and ideas and a better idea of his place in history. This research project culminated in the exhibition Rietveld's Universe at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, curated together with the Netherlands Architecture Institute. The exhibition is accompanied by an eponymous publication with articles by Dutch and international writers. The research project Rietveld's Universe will be brought to a festive conclusion on 29 January 2011 with a symposium about Rietveld, his place in history, his working method and the relevance of his ideas today. Two foreign architecture critics will give 'spoken reviews' of the exhibition and the publication. The authors of the essays in Rietveld's Universe will enter into round-table discussions with architects and architecture critics on a variety of themes.
09.00-10.30: opportunity to (re)visit the exhibition Rietveld's Universe at the Centraal Museum, Nicolaaskerkhof 10, Utrecht
10.30-11.00: reception with tea and coffee, Utrecht University, Drift 21, Utrecht
11.00-11.15: opening by Koen Ottenheym (professor at Utrecht University) and Hubert-Jan Henket (architect and chairman of the Rietveld Schröder House and the Rietveld Schröder Archive)
11.15-11.30: spoken review by Axel Sowa (professor of the history and theory of architecture at Aachen University and former editor of L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui).
11.30-12.30: round-table discussion on Housing as attitude to life: On the developments in (social) housing in the twentieth century. Housing was not only an aesthetic issue but was seen as an attitude to life.
Dolf Broekhuizen (architecture historian), Maristella Casciato (professor of the history of architecture at University of Bologna), Roman Koot (art historian and chief curator at the RKD/Netherlands Institute for Art History) and Wolf Tegethoff (director of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich) discuss with Tim Benton (professor of the history of art at Open University UK).
13.45-14.45: round-table discussion on Rietveld, the twentieth century avant-garde and contemporary design practice: Knowledge about Rietveld, the twentieth century avant-garde and contemporary design practice
Ole Bouman (director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute), Rob Dettingmeijer (architecture historian) Ivan Nevzgodin (assistant professor at RMIT department of Delft University of Technology) and Ida van Zijl (curator of design and applied arts at Centraal Museum) discuss with Dick van Gameren (architect and professor at Delft University of Technology).
14.45-15.15: tea and coffee
15.15-16.15: round-table discussion on Heritage and restoration: About restoring Rietveld's work and the value of authenticity in architectural heritage.
Jurjen Creman (furniture restorer), Marieke Kuipers (professor at RMIT department of Delft University of Technology), Marie-Thérèse van Thoor (associate professor at RMIT department of Delft University of Technology) and Hielkje Zijlstra (associate professor at RMIT department of Delft University of Technology) discuss with Pierre Maas (architect).
16.15-16.30: spoken review by Pippo Ciorro (professor of design and theory at University of Camerino and chief curator of architecture at MAXXI, Museo Nationale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome)
16.30-16.45: closing ceremony by Hubert-Jan Henket
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