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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Overview of all exhibitions, events, lectures, talkshows, workshops and films.
Now on display
The Architecture of Staged Realities
In this exhibition curator Saskia van Stein examines the influence of Disney’s films and thinking on today’s built environment and sense of identity.
Designing the Social
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. Designers, researchers and curators select and (re)interpret pieces from heritage collections and archives in order to tell an assortment of stories about a century of social design.
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.
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.
Temporary House of Home
With a multifaceted Temporary House of Home Het Nieuwe Instituut explores how our thinking about domestic interiors and design has evolved over the past decades. Because each room offers its own perspective, the house forms a spatial collage of possible interpretations of what a home can be – from safe haven to home workplace, from financial investment to haunted house, and from site of seduction to a means of control or punishment. Different perspectives on the role and functioning of the interior are set against design history and past and contemporary examples.
The Living Archive of a Studio
The exhibition MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio is based on the extensive physical and digital archive of architecture firm MVRDV, and it opens on 6 November, at the same time as the Open Depot of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, a building by MVRDV. Inspired by the Open Depot, the MVRDVHNI exhibition shows the MVRDV archive as a living entity that inhabits office spaces, rather than a museum. Together with MVRDV, new instruments are being developed for the exhibition to unlock, organise and present the predominantly digital archive in alternative ways.
Bookshop and Café
Het Nieuwe Café
Het Nieuwe Café is run by chef Manuela Goncalves Tavares and her team. Colourful, mostly plant-based and seasonal dishes will be on the menu. The café, which boasts Rotterdam’s most beautiful terrace, can be visited without a ticket for the institute.