8 APR – 20 AUG 2017

The Stedelijk Museum presents the forgotten De Stijl artist Chris Beekman (The Hague 1887-Blaricum1964). As an anarchist, he was one of the most politically active artists affiliated with the movement. Beekman became involved in the De Stijl in 1917, and broke away from the group in 1919, although continued to paint abstract work until 1922. This exhibition is the first to spotlight Beekman’s oeuvre, with a selection of around 80 pieces from the collections of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Kröller Müller and the Amsterdam Museum.

As well as his work created directly before, during and after the De Stijl period, the exhibit also sheds light on the immediate context within which Beekman operated, and his links with artists such as Bart van der Leck, whom he befriended in Laren. Also on view is work by Piet Mondrian, Jacob Bendien, Ferdinand Erfmann and Johan van Hell, and early, surprisingly abstract paintings by the young Carel Willink.

Chris Beekman, Composition, 1920. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Chris Beekman, Self-Portrait in the Street, 1936. Collection Amsterdam Museum

Chris Beekman, Unauthorized Demonstration, 1943. Collection Amsterdam Museum

Chris Beekman, Drie Figures with a Wheel Barrow, 1934. Collection Singer Laren

Chris Beekman, The Dogcart, 1916. Collection Museum Belvédère