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Archive, Exhibition

Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg

Archive, Exhibition

11 Jul 2020 — 12 Jul 2021

A new look at the work of Nelly and Theo van Doesburg is possible thanks to the restoration of their architecture archive. The exhibition recognises Nelly as a key figure in the consolidation of the reputation of Van Doesburg and De Stijl. The magnificent focus of the exhibition will be on the couple’s most striking joint project: their studio-house in the Parisian suburb of Meudon. Sketches, drawings and scale models rarely (if ever) exhibited before reveal the house’s rich history.

Research, Exhibition


Research, Exhibition

20 Sep 2020 — 11 Apr 2021

Conceived as a spa resort, the exhibition Lithium highlights the beneficial and destructive aspects of the eternal human search for energy. Researchers, designers and artists reflect on the role of the chemical element lithium in powering today’s economy. How many times can we recharge our batteries without addressing the causes of depletion, in both human bodies and the planet?


Art on Display 1949-69


04 Oct 2020 — 07 Mar 2021

How do we present art? And how do we look at it, as viewers? Most museum visitors look at artworks without noticing how they are displayed. In contrast, Art on Display 1949-69 focuses not on artworks themselves, but on the way they are presented. For the first time, the exhibition brings together some of the most progressive postwar exhibition designs by architects in the form of 1:1 reconstructions. Featuring displays by Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck, Carlo Scarpa and Alison and Peter Smithson.


Aquarian Gardens soundwalk

In The New Garden

19 May 2019 — 31 Dec 2020

A guided meditation created by artist Annika Kappner invites the visitor to explore the (bio) diversity and complexity of The New Garden.


Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction


01 Jun 2020 — 03 Jan 2021

Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction investigates how contemporary video culture operates as a public space for consumerism, activism and emancipation, by exposing existing realities and by imagining alternatives.

Children and Families, Workshop

Long Live the Future!

Be a digital designer

07 Jul 2020 — 31 Dec 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut’s production location turns visitors into digital designers. In Long Live the Future! families design the world in the year 2520. And if you’re a designer of the future, anything is possible.


Gijs Bakker & K. Schippers: Basics

Design and poetry in Sonneveld House

11 Jul 2020 — 10 Jan 2021

In Sonneveld House, Gijs Bakker and K. Schippers present combinations of jewellery and poetry which they have selected especially for the occasion from their extensive oeuvres. The result is a setting in which visitors can make new connections and entertain alternative interpretations.


Kunstbende Preliminary Round Expo & Fashion 2020

Gallery 3 By Kunstbende

25 Oct — 30 Nov 2020

Every year, Kunstbende invites young people with a passion for art to develop their talent and show off their skills on a big stage. This year, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Gallery 3 hosts the preliminary round of Kunstbende Zuid-Holland in the Expo and Fashion categories.


The Mind Game

Gallery 3 By Charlie Koolhaas & Madelon Vriesendorp

28 Nov — 28 Dec 2020

The images, objects and videos in The Mind Game exhibition together document a week of online workshops that took place in May 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. In that time of isolation, the workshops, conceived by artists Charlie Koolhaas and Madelon Vriesendorp, offered participants a space for connection and playfulness.


Sunday Stroll with Florian

Sun 29 Nov 2020, 14:00 — 15:00

On the Sunday Stroll of 29 November, detour Guide Florian van Zandwijk will show us around the Lithium exhibition from his perspective as designer. How dependent are we on a fully charged battery – in our phones, and also in ourselves? And what happens to our mood when we keep on mirroring technology?






Dutch Pavilion, Biennale Architettura


22 May — 21 Nov 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut, commissioner of the Dutch pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, presents Who is We?, the Netherlands' official contribution to La Biennale. 


Creative Support Group for Designers in Lockdown

Members Workshop

Thu 03 Dec 2020, 19:00 — 20:30

In the absence of inspiring coffee breaks and informal corridor chats, Het Nieuwe Instituut is organising a Creative Support for Designers in Lockdown workshop.

Film, Conversation

Restitution of African Cultural Heritage

e-flux Architecture x Het Nieuwe Instituut

Thu 10 Dec 2020, 19:30 — 21:00

A screening of a video by Sumayya Vally will be followed by a conversation with the video maker and Wayne Modest on the restitution of African cultural heritage. This is the fourth edition of Monument, a collaboration with e-flux Architecture, to discuss how monuments have—once again—come to play a pivotal role in mobilizing and rearticulating struggles for recognition.


Rediscovering Solidarity

Values for Survival

Thu 10 Dec 2020, 20:00 — 21:00

On International Human Rights Day (10 December), Values for Survival Cahier 2 will be launched. The cahier is the second publication of Values for Survivalthe public research programme accompanying Who is We? the Dutch contribution to the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Values for Survival curator Caroline Nevejan, Jane da Mosto (of We Are Here Venice) and the cahier researchers will talk about the research and reflect on the question: How can intuition and experience be shared between people who do not know each other and cannot meet? 


The Coming South: Struggles, Epistemologies, Solidarity


17 Dec — 19 Dec 2020

The Coming South: Struggles, Epistemologies, Solidarity seeks to respond to the deepening divides that sustain the polarisation and hierarchy justifying the Global North - Global South world order. This world order is made manifest not just in global geopolitics but also in the micro-environments of urban spaces, defining formal and informal relationships that range from those between nation states to those between local communities. Generations of political militants, intellectuals and activists have engaged with these issues - issues that are only exacerbated today, during the pandemic, and in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008 which has demonstrated and worsened a number of other crises as the status quo of globalisation.


so real, so very now

The One Minutes

Fri 18 Dec 2020, 20:00 — 21:00

The One Minutes series so real, so very now is curated by Misha de Ridder. It is intended as an exercise in seeing: to look, to look again and to look anew. Perception is the point of departure for a series of experiments in video within the constraint of one minute.


Lithium Exhibition Tour for Members

Members Event

Sun 20 Dec 2020, 15:00 — 16:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut is offering a special tour of Lithium, one of our new exhibitions, exclusively for Members.


From Burn-Out to 7UP: On Lithium and Mental Health

TNL! Lithium

Thu 14 Jan 2021, 19:30 — 21:00

Often found in mineral waters, lithium has been known for its healing powers for centuries. The second event in the Lithium lecture series will address the role of this chemical element in curing mental disorders and the symptoms of mental exhaustion and overwork.


Lithium Cosmologies and Energy Landscapes

TNL! Lithium

Thu 04 Feb 2021, 19:30 — 21:00

Created during the Big Bang, the chemical element lithium now seems, mysteriously, to be missing from our universe. The third event in the Lithium lecture series will discuss this so-called cosmological lithium problem, one of the greatest scientific mysteries of our times. It will also examine the role of lithium in the ‘green’ transition towards renewable energy. 




Lithium Frontiers: Visual Counter-Strategies

TNL! Lithium

Thu 11 Mar 2021, 19:30 — 21:00

The final event in the Lithium lecture series invites designers, artists and other practitioners to imagine collective and non-exploitative forms of engagement with lithium materiality. The conversation will present a variety of audiovisual strategies to counter the models of extractivism.

Excursion, Conversation, Opening

Venice Biennale

Members' Trip

19 May — 21 May 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut is offering an exclusive three day trip to attend La Biennale di Venezia from Wednesday 19 until Friday 21 May 2021 (to be confirmed).