Het Nieuwe Instituut’s public programme will be manifest in the Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture. Exhibitions and education programmes have been among Het Nieuwe Instituut’s regular activities since its inception, but bringing them together within a single, unified museum programme will increase the institute’s recognition. The Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture examines the designed world and how it is constantly being changed by new technologies, new ideas and shifting social priorities. Innovation – the fulcrum of all Het Nieuwe Instituut’s activities – will be expressed in both speculative explorations of the future and critical reflections on innovative movements past and present.
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Due to the building of new exhibitions, the galleries in Het Nieuwe Instituut are closed from 10 to 26 January. Sonneveld House, Het Nieuwe Cafe, the bookshop and study centre are open. In this period, you can visit the Sonneveld House at a reduced rate.
Architecture of Appropriation
Myriad forms of appropriation, such as squatting, play an essential role in the development of the city and public space. In a period of renewed interest in a programmatic approach to the city, Het Nieuwe Instituut is conducting research into squatting as an architecture of appropriation. Architecture of Appropriation examines ideas such as vacancy, property, alternative living arrangements and housing policy.
Designing the Surface
Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency.
The Art of the Screensaver
Rafaël Rozendaal questions the anonymity and ephemerality of the screensaver and is fascinated by its subversive, playful and diffuse character. He creates an immersive space for the visitor that captures the extraordinary visual language of this virtually lost medium.
The Transylvania Archive
How do truth and myth relate to archives? Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the project The Transylvania Archive by artist duo Marta Volkova and Slava Shevelenko. The project ingeniously weaves together themes such as the relevance of the archive, how artists relate to power, and fear of strangers.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in Sonneveld House
Sonneveld House is one of the best-preserved houses in the Dutch Functionalist style. The French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster created a work especially for Sonneveld House. Opera-house is a domestic opera based on the Sonneveld family’s arrival in their new home.
The New Garden
The New Garden has now passed through its first full cycle of four seasons. What was once a place to let the dog out has gradually developed into a public space with an ecological system of herbs, shrubs, birds and animals. Artist and designer Frank Bruggeman and ecological landscaper Hans Engelbrecht laid out the garden in the spring of 2015 in the grounds of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Their design is a plea for an urban green space managed on an ecological basis with space for nature to take over.
Bookshop and Café
Het Nieuwe Café
Het Nieuwe Café in Het Nieuwe Instituut is an inspiring location to meet. It is a place where visitors can start or end their visit to the museum, where professionals can discuss ideas at their regular table, and a place that doubles as an ‘office’ for freelancers and flex workers.