September 5, 2017


De Nieuwe Stijl (The New Style) at Utrecht Science Park
What do Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld have in common with solar cells and the development of miniature intestines? A lot more than may initially seem to be the case. The artists in the Dutch art movement De Stijl were the game changers of their day. They brought about innovation and progress. The scientists and researchers at Utrecht Science Park are today's game changers. They are responsible for revolutionary breakthroughs that have a huge influence on our lives. In a sense, they are the 'artists of life'. Many of the research projects are on par with works of art. An impression of the skeleton of a cell is practically abstract art. In his work, Mondrian attempted to portray the deeper essence of reality. The image of the skeleton of a cell is the deeper reality. The development of miniature intestines by UMC Utrecht and the Hubrecht Institute has led to a breakthrough in the treatment of cystic fibrosis. That is art with a capital 'A'. The 'Electric Mondrian' is more obvious as a work of art, a stained glass-like panel inspired by Mondrian's colourful paintings, developed by solar energy scientists at Utrecht University to generate electricity. The ‘Electric Mondrian’ design features plastic panels in five different colours: red, pink, green, yellow and blue. The concept was executed in cooperation with students from the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Exhibition De Nieuwe Stijl
The exhibition De Nieuwe Stijl illustrates the unique relationship between artists and scientists. The exhibition will be on view at five prominent locations at Utrecht Science Park from 7 October through 15 December 2017. The locations are in Science Park buildings that have significant architectural value. This is an additional reference to De Stijl, which was similarly an important architectural movement.

Exhibition De Nieuwe Stijl locations at Utrecht Science Park:
University Library – Heidelberglaan 3
Educatorium building – Leuvenlaan 19
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht – Padualaan 101
Hijmans van de Bergh building – Universiteitsweg 98
Nutricia Research - Uppsalalaan 12*

* = from the end of october





Foto credits: Elektrische Mondriaan, Wilfried van Sark, onderzoeker zonne-energie Universiteit Utrecht