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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 5 June 2021. In this exhibition, curator Saskia van Stein explores the current social and cultural impact of Walt Disney.

After eight 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.

Art on Display 1949-69

25 SEPTEMBER 2020

Six progressive, post-war exhibition designs by architects illustrate how design explicitly shape the relationship between artwork and viewer. The dozens of paintings and sculptures displayed in the reconstructions are from the collections of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Pieces from these collections have never been shown in the Netherlands before. 

Gijs Bakker and K. Schippers: Basics exhibition in Sonneveld House

29 JULY 2020

In Sonneveld House, designer Gijs Bakker and poet K. Schippers present combinations of jewellery and poetry selected especially for this exhibition from their extensive oeuvres. The result is an environment in which visitors can make new connections and entertain alternative interpretations.

Art on Display 1949-69

13 JULY 2020

Few exhibitions visitors are aware of how artworks are displayed. Art on Display 1949-69 focuses specifically on the manner of presentation. It reveals, through six iconic examples, how the display itself helps to create the experience. Six progressive, post-war exhibition designs by architects Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck, and Alison and Peter Smithson illustrate how designers explicitly shape the relationship between artwork and viewer. These architectural approaches are reconstructed on a 1:1 scale, allowing visitors to experience them in three dimensions.

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