Dutch Pavilion Cannes Film Festival
In 1917, Theo van Doesburg published the first edition of De Stijl, the magazine that would launch the epynomous art movement. 100 years later, Studio Sabine Marcelis has reinterpreted one of Piet Mondrian’s iconic paintings as a three-dimensional experience, entitled ‘Spatial Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow’, as the Dutch Pavilion of the Cannes Film Festival.
In this space, black lines become thin structural elements and rectangles of color are extruded into volumetric forms. As in Mondrian’s paintings, the black lines structure the empty white space with a unique rhythm, while the red, blue and yellow fields highlight points of focus to invest the space with meaning.
The installation also reveals evolutions in architecture, design, and film that have taken place in the last century. Her signature resin casting technique shows the significance of craft and material experimentation in contemporary design, while hinting at the fragmentary and layered qualities of architecture and film at various points since the late 20th century.
Marcelis revives the avant-garde spirit of De Stijl by dissolving the barriers between the creative fields of design, architecture, film, art, and experience, and proves that deep collaboration between these disciplines is the path to visual, technological, and cultural innovation in the present day.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize for best pavilion
Photos: Lothaire Hucki