Madelon Vriesendorp is a Dutch artist best known as one of the co-founders of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in the early 1970s (together with Rem Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis). She is most famous for the painting “Flagrant Delit” which was the cover illustration of Delirious New York, the book that Rem Koolhaas wrote in 1975.
This is the first part of a conversation between Madelon Vriesendorp and Shumon Basar, who curated the exhibition The World of Madelon Vriesendorp together with Stephan Trüby.
The World of Madelon Vriesendorp. Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel / Switzerland, January 16, 2009.
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Madelon Vriesendorp was born in 1945 in Bilthoven, Holland. In 1964 she moved to Amsterdam to study at the Rietveld academy and later worked on the restoration of old frescoes and as a designer of stage costumes, books and jewellery. Five years later she enrolled at Central St. Martins School of Art in London and after graduating moved again to Ithaca and then New York with her husband Rem Koolhaas. While in New York Vriesendorp co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture with Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. Paintings she produced at the time were used for book and magazine covers, and were exhibited at the New York Guggenheim and Max Protetch galleries, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, Berlin’s Aedes Gallery and the Gallery Ma in Tokyo. (Excerpt from the press release)