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The New Garden


10 May 2015 — 31 Dec 2022

The New Garden has been part of the outdoor space of Het Nieuwe Instituut since 2015. It is used to raise current design issues. Ecological management and creating a high level of biodiversity are the starting points. In the winter of 2021, the garden was redesigned due to the restructuring of the Museum Park. In the coming years, work will be done on the ecological restoration of the garden and it will come into full bloom once more.


Designing the Social

100  years of idiosyncratic living in the Netherlands 


04 Jul 2021 — 07 Jul 2024

Designing the Social  is an exhibition exploring 100 years of socially driven, idiosyncratic ideas about living together. Sometimes out of idealism, often out of pure necessity, alternative design strategies were developed in the pursuit of an equal society.

Agency, Research, Exhibition

Have we met? humans and hon-humans on common ground

23rd International Exhibition Triennale Milano

Agency, Research, Exhibition

15 Jul — 11 Dec 2022

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the exhibition Have we met? humans and non-humans on common ground, the official Dutch contribution to the 23rd International Exhibition Triennale Milano, which is on show until 11 December 2022 in Milan. The overall theme of Triennale Milano this year is Unknown Unknowns. The exhibition, comissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut, has won the Golden Bee award presented by the Triennale, which is awarded on the basis of the precision of the interpretation of the theme and the quality and relevance of the ideas that have been put forth. 

Agency, Research, Exhibition

Prix de Rome Architecture 2022

Healing Sites

Agency, Research, Exhibition

18 Nov 2022 — 09 Apr 2023

Visit the exhibition Prix de Rome Architecture 2022 – Healing Sites, which opens on 18 November 2022 at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Featuring the entries of the shortlisted architects for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022, with exhibition design by Zico Lopes (Spatial Codes), it reveals how finalists Arna Mačkić, Dividual (Andrea Bit and Maciej Wieczorkowski), Lesia Topolnyk, and Studio KIWI (Kim Kool and Willemijn van Manen) respond to the Healing Sites theme.


Wey Dey Move: Imagining New Worlds Through Dance and Masquerade

Exhibition curated by Dele Adeyemo

17 Jul 2022 — 08 Jan 2023

Wey dey move is a Nigerian Pidgin term with multiple interpretations. It can mean “the path changes”, or describe the cultural phenomenon of things changing. It’s also the title and heartbeat of this exhibition. Wey Dey Move celebrates the important role movement and dance play in the spiritual, social, and ecological cultures of Lagos, Nigeria, and other major cities in West Africa. 


The Energy Show

Sun, Solar and Human Power

03 Sep 2022 — 05 Mar 2023

How much energy do we have and need today? This question opens The Energy Show – Sun, Solar and Human Power, an exhibition that can be seen from 3 September 2022 through 5 March 2023 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition, put together by curator and designer Matylda Krzykowski and in collaboration with The Solar Biennale, revolves around the sun and its design possibilities. It reflects on visitors’ personal energy levels, features dozens of examples of innovative solar technology, and poses the key question: what would the world look like if it ran on solar energy? 





20 Oct — 31 Dec 2022

Based on the short film of the same name by artists Mandy El-Sayegh and Helena Hunter and curator Renan Laru-an, Sourcebook is an exhibition that expands on methods of artistic research, notably within archival collections, exploring and showcasing research impulses through their “conceptual, material and structural coincidences”. The exhibition can be seen until the end of 2022 in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Centre and is shown together with archival material from the National Collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut.


Vertical Atlas Gallery 3

27 Oct — 27 Nov 2022

The computer in the palm of your hand is the entry point to an accidental planetary structure linking e-waste sites in Guangdong, computer villages in Lagos, fiber-optic submarine cables in the Atlantic and the mystical history of the internet. This exhibition brings together the work of artists who explore the rapidly changing digital world today.


Open Archive 3.0


28 Oct 2022 — 26 Mar 2023

Together with Sound & Vision and the International Institute of Social History, Het Nieuwe Instituut is organising the third edition of Open Archive, in which four makers search open digital heritage collections for new stories, with new media works as the end result.


This Too Shall Pass

Gallery 3 By Rein Kooyman

10 Nov — 07 Dec 2022

An ode to nature and the conscious practice of being in the moment, This Too Shall Pass is a personal project by photographer Rein Kooyman. It documents a journey of self-discovery and acceptance through the nature of the French Alps. The exhibition in Gallery 3 presents a series of photographs in which he captures the process of painting giant boulders using natural pigments. 


Alison's Room

VR installation

24 Nov 2022 — 04 Jan 2023

The prototype installation Alison’s Room explores the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality technologies in relation to archival studies and design research. Paula Strunden has recreated the original workroom of British architect and author Alison Smithson to experiment with new narratives, offering a fresh combination of immersive experience and the communication of history-based design knowledge.

Workshop, Exhibition

Working on Common Ground

Closing conference

Tue 29 Nov 2022, 14:00 — 18:00

If design can help us to counter the ongoing ecological devastation of the earth, and can support the cultivation of mutually supportive relations between humans and non-humans, this should inform not only the cultural imagination, but also governmental policies, legal frameworks, and broader social infrastructures.

The Working on Common Ground conference takes its starting point in Have we met?, the Dutch contribution to the 23rd Triennale Milano. In Working on common ground, Het Nieuwe Instituut, who put the exhibition together, collaborates with cheFare, agency for cultural transformation from Milan. The conference investigates the Dutch and Italian environments to discover both overlapping characteristics and location-specific aspects of two ecological realities and explores the potential for fostering  multispecies communities.



De Huttenbouwers

Gallery 3 By Pepelsenkrepels (Myrthe Krepel and Nadia Pepels)

01 Dec — 31 Dec 2022

The project De Huttenbouwers by Pepelsenkrepels invites us to play. Last year, Myrthe and Nadia built several living-room huts with adults in Rotterdam, challenging people to let their imaginations run wild and co-creating special places inside the home.


Dreamers of the Playscape

Gallery 3 By NeeNee Collective

01 Dec — 17 Dec 2022

Based on their experiences as Asian artists and exhibition makers in the Netherlands, the members of the NeeNee Collective aim to create projects that allow space for new perspectives and dialogues between different cultures. For Dreamers of the Playscape, initiators Dae Uk Kim, Kurina Sohn and Soyoun Kim have invited fellow artists Jonathan Vervoort, Joppe Venema and Marijn Ottenhof to join them in their search for a genuinely inclusive approach to inclusivity.



Have we met?

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) Shenzhen

09 Dec 2022 — 12 Mar 2023

In line with this year’s UABB main theme ‘Urban Cosmologies’, Have we met? promotes new ways of understanding our planet as a shared space for plants, microbes, humans, and other animals. The exhibition was developed as the official Dutch contribution to the 23rd Triennale Milano and opened in July of 2022. Both condensed and expanded, Have we met? will be shown at Shenzhen's Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture from 25 November to 25 February 2023.

Exhibition, Symposium

London Design Biennale 2023

The Global Game

01 Jun — 25 Jun 2023

Het Nieuwe Instituut has been appointed Artistic Director of the fourth edition of the London Design Biennale, which takes place from 1 to 25 June 2023 at Somerset House. Led by its General and Artistic Director, Aric Chen, Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to experiment with the biennale’s format of national and territorial pavilions through the theme The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations.