Dutch museum celebrates architect with six months of events

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The Independent Online

The Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands is honoring the architect Gerrit Rietveld with a series of events through January that include an unprecedented exhibition, architecture trails throughout the country, and a magazine and iPhone app launch.

The Utrecht museum (/www.centraalmuseum.nl/), which is home to the largest collection of Rietveld designs in the world, has organized two so-called 'Rietveld routes' that from this month onwards take you to the most prominent of the architect's more than 100 buildings in the Netherlands by means of a just-released iPhone app.

In addition, the Eye Catcher series highlights a different region each month, where Rietveld's buildings will be open to the public. A list of these regions and their dates can be found here.

Further highlights of the 'Rietveldyear' include a display that shows Rietveld's furniture, such as the Red Blue Chair, on a scale of 1:144 (works by Maarten Meerman) and an unprecedented display called the Rietveld Universe, which will open in October and run through the end of January, as do the rest of the activities.

A special-edition magazine is available from the museum shop for €2.95.

More information can be found at http://www.rietveldjaar.nl.

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