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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Art on Display 1949-69
How do we display art? And how do we view it as museum visitors? When visiting an exhibition, we tend to look at the artwork, only subconsciously experiencing the way it is presented. Art on Display 1949-69 focuses on the presentation. For the first time, the exhibition brings together some of the most progressive post-war exhibition designs by architects, based on 1:1 reconstructions – a unique chance to physically experience these radical approaches. Featuring designs by Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck and Alison and Peter Smithson, the exhibition’s spatial design is by architect Jo Taillieu.
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?
Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction
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. The installation looks at the technologies, spatial design and forms of representation in music video and live events, and is activated by live and recorded video and public programmes.
Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg
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.
Gijs Bakker and K. Schippers: Basics
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.
Abstract Electric Chemistry
Routing Het Nieuwe Instituut
Design agency 75B has created a new routing to guide Het Nieuwe Instituut's guests and employees through the foyer during the corona crisis. 75B (Rens Muis and Pieter Vos) is a graphic design agency known for its colourful, bold and playful designs.
Multidisciplinary artist Rutger de Vries spray-painted the restrooms in Het Nieuwe Instituut's foyer. He used the sprinkler system and the technique of process painting to give some extra colour to this usually unspectacular part of a public building.
Bookshop and Café
Het Nieuwe Café
Het Nieuwe Café, with a terrace on the Museumpark, serves coffee from Rotterdam’s Giraffe Coffee Roasters, tea from Theemaas, and a selection of soft drinks, beer and wine, as well as cakes.