Opening 12 February
12 February is the opening of the intervention A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory in Sonneveld House by artist and architect Santiago Borja. On this evening Het Nieuwe Instituut is also looking forward to the coming season of the Temporary Fashion Museum during the New Season Night.
Sonneveld House (1933) is one of the best-preserved houses in the Dutch Functionalist style. Artist and architect Santiago Borja created an observatory on the roof of the museum house. A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory is based on Borja’s research into the influence of Western esotericism on the principles of Dutch Functionalism.
Temporary Fashion Museum
Many Dutch museums include fashion within their collections but there has never been a national fashion museum. Over a period of eight months Het Nieuwe Instituut will explore the possibilities of such an institution by transforming itself into a fashion museum. The entire building will be utilised for this temporary experiment.