Early international contacts
With the end of the First World War in November 1918, van Doesburg was able to develop his contacts with artists and art journals abroad. As well as promoting the other De Stijl artists, he invited foreign luminaries such as the Ukranian sculptor Alexander Archipenko and the Italian Futurist painter Gino Severini to contribute to the magazine. By adding listings of exhibitions and other literary, philosophical, and artistic publications, it became a highly effective vehicle of promotion for the European avant-garde.
Piet Mondrian – perhaps the most significant of the De Stijl artists – moved to Paris in June 1919, thereby strengthening van Doesburg’s links with the art scene in the French capital. All of the artists in this room were among those illustrated in De Stijl.
Thanks to the efforts of Archipenko, in June 1920 van Doesburg was appointed curator for the Dutch leg of a major touring exhibition of Cubist artists, the Section d’Or. Under the term ‘Neo-cubist’, he added works by fellow De Stijl artists Mondrian and Vilmos Huszár, as well as his own. In April 1921, they also exhibited with the Section d’Or in Rome.