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Het Nieuwe Instituut Presents Temporary House of Home and Designing the Social

25 MAY 2021

On 4 July 2021, two new exhibitions will open at Het Nieuwe Instituut: Temporary House of Home and Designing the Social.

Dutch Pavilion Opens at Venice Architecture Biennale

21 MAY 2021

On 20 May, the Dutch pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia was digitally opened by outgoing minister Van Engelshoven. The Dutch pavilion hosts the exhibition Who is We? Curated by Francien van Westrenen (head of the agency of Het Nieuwe Instituut), it features artistic contributions from Afaina de Jong (architect) and Debra Solomon (artist). Het Nieuwe Instituut is the commissioning agent for the Dutch pavilion. La Biennale di Venezia is open to the public from 22 May to 21 November. The exhibition Who is We? can also be experienced digitally at whoiswe.nl

MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio

7 MAY 2021

In the autumn of 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut will present MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio. This exhibition explores the archive of architecture office MVRDV. Het Nieuwe Instituut displays the MVRDV archive as a living entity in office spaces, rather than in museum galleries. As a working environment, the office is the place where ideas and projects move fluidly back and forth between present, past and future.

Aric Chen Appointed New General and Artistic Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut

8 APRIL 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut is pleased to announce the appointment of Aric Chen as its new General and Artistic Director. He joins Josien Paulides, Managing Director, on the institute’s Board of Directors and will succeed current General and Artistic Director Guus Beumer, who will retire in May. 

National Collection acquires only surviving model by Theo van Doesburg

22 MARCH 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut has acquired a unique interior model by architect and artist Theo van Doesburg. The design is for the café-restaurant of the Aubette, one of the most important architectural projects of De Stijl, the art movement of which Van Doesburg was the figurehead. The acquisition was made possible by contributions from the Mondriaan Fund, the Rembrandt Association and Galerie Gmurzynska.

An exhibition about Walt Disney’s ideology, design and current influence at Het Nieuwe Instituut

10 MARCH 2021

The Architecture of Staged Realities opens in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam on 4 September 2021. In this exhibition, curator Saskia van Stein explores the current social and cultural impact of Walt Disney.

After 8 years, Het Nieuwe Instituut becomes a heritage institute, and Guus Beumer hands over the baton

3 DECEMBER 2020

From 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam will move forward as a national heritage institution with assignments relating to the Dutch basic cultural infrastructure (BIS). Within the cultural infrastructure, Het Nieuwe Instituut forms the national memory of the design sector and aspires to shape a strategy aiming at innovation and based on the pillars of sustainability, usability and visibility. Now that Guus Beumer has, after eight years, successfully realised this ambition for the institute, and is approaching statutory retirement age, he will step down as general and artistic director from May 2021. 

The Polder of Babel

4 NOVEMBER 2020

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the City of Rotterdam have commissioned the Polder of Babel – a community of learning exploring the super-diverse city in the Antropocene. The project, by the Independent School for the City, is Rotterdam's parallel programme for Who is We? – the Dutch contribution to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

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