Lecture: Rietveld, Utrecht, and De Stijl

October 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Mathijs Meinderts, Independent Art Historian, The Netherlands

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the De Stijl art movement in the Netherlands, Mathijs Meinderts will present a lecture exploring the extraordinary life of Gerrit Rietveld, an Utrecht native and architect of the famous Rietveld Schröder house. Rietveld began his career making radical chair designs and went on to work closely with artists and designers such as Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, whose painting Tree (1916) is a noted work in the Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection. This lecture is a partnership with the Portland Utrecht Network.

Ticketing Information

This lecture is free and open to the public but advance reservations are requested. Free tickets may be reserved through the Portland Utrecht Network event page:

Reserve tickets

Ticket holders are encouraged to come early to take a closer look at the De Stijl painting Tree by Theo Van Doesburg which will be available for viewing from 5:15-6:30 p.m. prior to the lecture.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Theo van Doesburg, Tree (L’arbre-maisons), 1916.
Theo van Doesburg (Dutch, 1883-1931), Tree (L’arbre-maisons), 1916, oil-on-panel, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jan de Graaff, public domain, 53.25;