While walking through the impressive collection with Bart Rutten, head of collections, he explains the importance and urgency of this exhibition. “There are many museums that will be referring to De Stijl this year and we wanted to present the world with a specific angle: the influence that the movement had and still has on other artists – all based on our own collection,” he smiles. No wonder that the Stedelijk is paying a great deal of attention to De Stijl’s anniversary, its collection is one of the largest in the world.