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Research, Exhibition


Dutch Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2018

Research, Exhibition

25 May 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE the 2018 Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The project seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation. From 21 December, WORK, BODY, LEISURE will be exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. 

Research, Exhibition

Speculative Design Archive

Research, Exhibition

19 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

With a temporary archive installation, Het Nieuwe Instituut speculates on the possible contents of an archive for design and digital culture from the Netherlands. Who will save what – and how, and why – for future generations? Together with its visitors, Speculative Design Archive uncovers the value of both acknowledged masterpieces and forgotten treasures.


Prix de Rome Architecture 2018


19 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

From 19 October onwards Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the work of the four nominees for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2018


Marcel Breuer’s Strap Chair (1924) on show at Sonneveld House

Prelude to the Bauhaus Centenary

06 Sep 2018 — 05 Apr 2019

From September to March 2019, the blue upholstered strap chair designed by Marcel Breuer in 1924 will be on show at Sonneveld House, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s museum house. For Het Nieuwe Instituut this forms the prelude to the institute’s own programme of Bauhaus-related activities beginning in the spring of 2019. 

Exhibition, Workshop

Mess About! Designing Without A Plan

18 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

A finished design doesn’t appear by magic. It’s the result of exploration, play, and trying out different ideas. You could call it messing about. You’ll find lots of examples of this in all designers’ archives. 

Conversation, Exhibition

Habitat: Expanding Architecture

Research installation

19 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

Habitat: Expanding Architecture is a research installation which captures a key moment in the history of architecture and urban planning: the tenth CIAM conference at Dubrovnik in 1956. Here the concept 'habitat' was a central theme: a broader understanding of architecture through a new ecological approach viewing architecture less as an autonomous discipline than as part of larger, dynamic whole.


Recrafting Craft - An Exploration of Speculative Scenarios for Tomorrow’s Fashion Education

Pop-in Expo

05 Feb — 24 Feb 2019

Based on the on-going design research Recrafting Craft fashion educator and researcher Mascha van Zijverden explores, in collaboration with architect Dirk Osinga, speculative scenarios for tomorrow’s fashion education. What if the future fashion school was located at a farm and created its own circular economy? What if the fashion school merged with a biotech research lab at a university?


Agency, Research, Exhibition

I See That I See What You Don't See

XXII Triennale di Milano 2019

Agency, Research, Exhibition

01 Mar — 01 Sep 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents I See That I See What You Don’t See, the official Dutch contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano from 1 March to 1 September 2019.


Agency, Archive, Research, Exhibition


Agency, Archive, Research, Exhibition

19 May — 15 Sep 2019

Starting in the Spring of 2019, 100 years after the foundation of Bauhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut transforms into Neuhaus, ‘institute’ for more-than-human knowledge. Het Nieuwe Instituut joins the worldwide celebration of the Bauhaus centenary not by glorifying the historical achievements of this legendary school, but rather by reactivating and embodying its original spirit.


Tussen Wal en Schip: 
A post-colonial story

Pop-in Expo

26 Feb — 17 Mar 2019

'Tussen Wal en Schip' (Between Shore and Ship) is a hand-tufted and beaded carpet that depicts the unseen realities of desginer Pascale Theron her fellow South Africans. It is a controversial conversation piece highlighting the complex colonial history and ongoing connection between the Netherlands and South Africa that goes unacknowledged, is misunderstood, and is often intentionally forgotten.


Children and Families, Performance, Exhibition, Workshop

Museumnacht010 2019

Nocturnal Stories

02 Mar — 03 Mar 2019

Win a special architecture print, rebuild The New Café, help us conceive the ideal design archive and be seduced by performances and music in the successful contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale. Spoken-word artists bring Sonneveld House to life with nocturnal stories about contemporary Rotterdam. Build, bid, speculate, exchange, dance and enjoy! 

Conversation, Performance, Exhibition


18 Apr — 19 Apr 2019

 Join a one-day gathering of people showing their thing. Display and tell about what you’re already doing, would like to be doing and how others can get involved.


Open Archive

31 Oct 2019 — 05 Jan 2020

Reuse of digital collections in museums and archives produces new stories in potentially surprising, innovative forms. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision invite makers to create new work using archive items from their digital collections. 


The Hoodie

30 Nov 2019 — 15 Mar 2020

An exhibition on what could be called the last Western, political garment - as controversial as it is fashionable - the Hoodie. Its historical roots and its role in culture, fashion and politics. Curated by writer and curator Lou Stoppard.