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The New Garden


10 May 2015 — 31 Dec 2017

Construction of The New Garden started in the spring of 2015 on the outdoor area around Het Nieuwe Instituut. Artist/designer Frank Bruggeman and ecological gardener Hans Engelbrecht have developed a plan to turn the strip of grass along Jongkindstraat into a place of encounter set amidst vegetation. At the same time, reeds and water-purifying plants breathe life into the pond in front of the building. In addition, The New Garden will connect with the Arcade, the covered space along Rochussenstraat, thus also enlivening this desolate side of the building.


51 Sprints


12 Jun 2016 — 01 Aug 2017

This web magazine contains background information about the interactive web documentary 51 Sprints, which puts the Olympic athlete centre stage.


The New Haberdashery


23 Jun 2016 — 25 Jun 2017

The New Haberdashery was established as part of the Temporary Fashion museum. It is a studio in which visitors can try their hand at making clothes and other textile products.


Sleep Mode

The Art of the Screensaver


27 Jan — 20 Aug 2017

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


27 Jan — 25 Jun 2017

How do truth and myth relate to archives? From 28 January until 25 June 2017 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.


Designing the Surface


27 Jan — 20 Aug 2017

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.

Research, Exhibition

Architecture of Appropriation

Research, Exhibition

29 Jan — 20 Aug 2017

Myriad forms of appropriation, such as squatting, play an essential role in the development of the city and public space. Architecture of Appropriation examines ideas such as vacancy, property, alternative living arrangements and housing policy.


Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements

30 Mar — 20 Aug 2017

From Thursday 30 March 2017 the installation Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements will be on view as part of Architecture of Appropriation, a long-term research project on squatting as a form of architecture, now on at Het Nieuwe Instituut. 


Grid Space Dividers by David Derksen

Pop-in Expo

24 Apr — 08 May 2017

David Derksen shows his space dividers, part of the Transitions II project for Baars & Bloemhoff.

Lecture, Performance, Talk show

The Great Escape

BNO IMG LAB on Wednesday

Wed 26 Apr 2017, 20:00 — 22:00

What triggers the decision to change course or to take a completely new route? What if you escaped war and need to start again? Are your designs influenced by a changing world? Does change trigger inspiration and result in a creative leap forward? Run, Forest, run!



Eindhoven Eight Redux

Pop-in expo

02 May — 07 May 2017

Influenced by the particular context of a city attempting to redefine itself through design and technology, a new breed of architecture studios is emerging in Eindhoven: Open Architecture Office, Werkstatt, UArchitects, Atelier to the Bone, Houben/Van Mierlo, Wenink Holtkamp, 12N/Fulco Treffers and Ateliereen.


Learning Architecture through Curatorial Practice?


Wed 03 May 2017, 17:15 — 18:15

Sergio M. Figueiredo, the initiator of an emerging design and research programme at TU Eindhoven and assistant professor of architecture history and theory, discusses the unique didactic qualities for learning architecture through curatorial practice.


Lewis Biggs: Art-Led Urbanism


Wed 03 May 2017, 19:15 — 20:30

Lewis Biggs' talk will illustrate art-led urbanism, using existing examples from Folkestone Artworks Collection and previewing the forthcoming Folkestone Triennial (2 September - 5 November 2017), of which Biggs is curator.

Conversation, Lecture, Symposium

Ore Streams with Formafantasma

Design Dialogues on Wednesday

Wed 03 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

Design duo Formafantasma presents their research into global ore flows, from overground mining to e-waste. In conversation with curator Natasha Hoare, they will investigate the relationship of designers and institutions in highlighting the landscape of mining and manufacture. This dialogue will question the “immateriality” in digital design enabled by metal ores. Curator Natasha Hoare and artist Giuseppe Licari will join the discussion. Moderated by Tamar Shafrir (Het Nieuwe Instituut).

Lecture, Symposium, Talk show

Metropolitan Food Hubs

Metropolitan Debat

Wed 03 May 2017, 20:00 — 22:00

Debate on the future of food distribution in the metropolitan region Rotterdam -The Hague, organized by Delta Metropolis Association, LOLA Landscape Architects and Het Nieuwe Instituut. 


No cover

Masterclass Art Bots by Darius Kazemi

Thu 11 May 2017, 13:30

Het Nieuwe Instituut and FIBER present a masterclass in bot making by bot artist and creative coder Darius Kazemi (US) at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam on May 11.

Film, Lecture

The Weizmann House and Erich Mendelsohn

Iconic Houses Lecture 2017 by Tal Eyal

Thu 11 May 2017, 19:30 — 22:00

The Weizmann House in Rehovot, Israel (1934-1937) was designed by the Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn for Chaim Weizmann, biochemist, Zionist leader and, in 1949, the first president of Israel, and his wife Vera. Architect Tal Eyal advised on the renovation of the Weizmann House, which will be completed this year.

Lecture, Symposium, Talk show

Making up Mars


Thu 11 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

A night about the interplay between cultural, scientific and technical ideas related to living on Mars with Agata Kołodziejczyk (European Space Agency, ESA), artist Ivan Henriques and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut). The moderator is Aldje van Meer (Willem de Kooning Academy).


Composition in red, blue and yellow at Cannes Film Festival

17 May — 28 May 2017

Het Nieuwe Instituut, EYE International and the Netherlands Film Fund have joined forces to curate the Dutch pavilion and offer Dutch design talent a podium during the Cannes Film Festival. Studio Sabine Marcelis has been invited to respond to the centenary of De Stijl in the form of a spatial design that will serve as a meeting place for the international film industry.


A Legacy of Mies and King


Thu 18 May 2017, 17:00

What do you do with a library designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to give Washington D.C.’s central library a new future. After the film there will be a Q&A with Francine Houben (with a proviso).


Clinic by Het Nieuwe Instituut and DutchCulture

Thu 18 May 2017, 17:30 — 19:00

Planning an international career in the arts or looking for advice about an international cultural project? Come to one of the monthly Information Point clinic with DutchCulture and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.


A Web Page in Three Acts


Thu 18 May 2017, 19:00 — 19:30

Within the context of the Sleep Mode exhibition, Joana Chicau will perform A Web Page in Three Acts combining principles of choreography within the formal structures of coding.

Conversation, Lecture, Symposium, Talk show

Sleep Mode: an evening with Rafaël Rozendaal


Thu 18 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

An evening on screensavers, anonymous digital artefacts that began as the solution to a problem and developed in to a space for experimentation, before disappearing without a sound from our digital lives.


Commoning the smart city

Tue 23 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:30

New technologies allow citizens to take up new roles in helping to develop and manage urban infrastructures, such as energy, waste and mobility systems. Through this process, a smart city can be developed as a commons. But what are the snags? What can digital platforms do, and how can municipalities position themselves? 

Conversation, Lecture, Talk show

Hard Facts

Ministry of Spatial Affairs

Thu 01 Jun 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

In 2010 the Netherlands brought an end to fifty years of centralised spatial planning. Since then, spatial planning has followed the credo ‘decentralise where possible, centralise where necessary’. What are the results of this policy after six years and what new relationships has it created? Who dictates the Netherlands’ spatial planning today and what drives them? An evening about hard facts.

Conversation, Workshop

Unforgetting Women Architects

Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Thu 08 Jun 2017, 15:00 — 18:30

A writing afternoon in association with Dutch Wikimedia to add (Dutch and international) female architects to Wikipedia.


Jailing Bankers with Open Source


Thu 08 Jun 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

In this lecture artist and technopolitical strategist Simona Levi will talk about her multidisciplinary practice in which she strives for free culture, e-democracy and the strategic use of digital tools for collective organisation, communication and action.  


Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style

Exhibition in The Hague in relation to 100 years of De Stijl

10 Jun — 17 Sep 2017

The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them. The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. This summer, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut present an overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been.

Conversation, Lecture, Talk show

Critical Bots

Bot Club (humans welcome)

Thu 15 Jun 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

A well known fact since the US election is that bots and algorithms play a major role in spreading fake news and in the emergence of filter bubbles. But bots can also play a more critical role. These ‘critical bots’ are the focus of Bot Club 2. Join us for an evening with digital culture researcher Anne Helmond, media artist Julian Oliver, and the bots themselves.


Alive. Active. Adaptive

International conference

19 Jun — 20 Jun 2017

Alive. Active. Adaptive. is an international conference organised under the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG) on 19 and 20 June in Het Nieuwe Instituut. The conference brings together design practitioners, researchers, engineers, architects and artists to discuss the future of emerging materials and its implications for design research and practice.


Notes on a Virginia State: Architecture and Race in Jefferson’s America

Reading Room

Thu 29 Jun 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

Professor Mabel Wilson takes a model of the Virginia State Capitol and Thomas Jefferson’s book Notes of the State of Virginia as the starting points for an analysis of how an emerging sense of a national architecture for and in the new United States was racialized as white and Euro-American.