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Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invests 11 million euros in architectural collection at Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut

13 MARCH 2018

This one-off injection affords a potentially decisive impulse for the preservation and restoration of the national collection and the acceleration of the current digitalisation and accessibilisation of the archive.

Dissident Gardens

28 FEBRUARY 2018

With the programme Dissident Gardens, Het Nieuwe Instituut explores the classic contrast between nature and culture and the changing role of design. In this context, the garden stands for the site where man’s desire to control his environment collides with the forces of nature. Dissident Gardens is on view from 4 March to 23 September 2018.

Letters to the Mayor: Rotterdam

9 JANUARY 2018

Letters to the Mayor is a presentation series comprising a set of personal letters written by architects to their city mayors. For the edition in Rotterdam, a group of architects who have had a relation with the city were invited to deliver their thoughts directly to Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to its decision-makers, and vice versa. The presentation comes as a result of a year-long collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut and Storefront for Art and Architecture around the theme of 'City Forces'. On Friday 12 January 2018, the Letters to the Mayor: Rotterdam will be opened in the presence of Rotterdam's Mayor. The presentation is on show until 11 February.

WORK, BODY, LEISURE Commissioned exhibitors and selected projects for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion

14 DECEMBER 2017

Het Nieuwe Instituut, the commissioner of WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the official Dutch contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, announces the commissioned exhibitors at the Rietveld Pavilion in the Biennale’s Giardini, and selected projects for the extended program.

Dutch Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2018: WORK, BODY, LEISURE


Het Nieuwe Instituut, the commissioner of the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, announces WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the theme of the official Dutch contribution to the biennial.

Finders Keepers

30 AUGUST 2017

For the exhibition Finders Keepers, MacGuffin magazine has brought together more than 5000 household objects from over 40 collections in a grande parade of everyday products: from razors to jeans and from ropes to staircases. Inspired by Modest Manifesto for a Museum, in which the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk pleads for a museum in which the story of ordinary people is central, Finders Keepers explores collectors’ stories and their relationship to a world of objects. Open from 8 September 2017 until 11 February 2018.

The Other Architect

20 JULY 2017

Organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Het Nieuwe Instituut presents The Other Architect, an exhibition of architects who expanded their role in society to shape the contemporary cultural agenda without the intervention of built form. It showcases architecture’s potential to identify the urgent issues of our time, featuring 22 case studies, dating from the 1960s to the present day, that illustrate how international and often multidisciplinary groups invented and adopted new methods outside of traditional design practices. The Other Architect is a touring exhibition organized by the CCA and will be on view in Rotterdam from 8 September 2017 until 7 January 2018.

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Storefront New York, present a year-long partnership

27 MARCH 2017

The joint cultural programme kicks off with the exhibition Control Syntax Rio, which opens on March 27 at Storefront New York.


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