From 4 July 2021 to 29 May 2022, Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut will present Temporary House of Home, which explores the different guises recently taken by our domestic interior. After all, the kitchen table became a school, the balcony a yoga studio and the bedroom an office, action centre or workshop, while the living room also turned out to be able to function as a showroom, secret church and home theatre. Departing director Guus Beumer’s farewell exhibition, Temporary House of Home, addresses the questions that lie hidden behind these interior transformations. Why is it that we not only rent out our homes, but have come to see them increasingly as objects of speculation? What influence do objects and spaces have on our behaviour, our attitude, our sexuality – our idea of ourselves? How should we see our domestic interior, when we realise that we share our living rooms with animals, insects, microbes, and also with all kinds of digitisation?
In a kaleidoscopic overview, Het Nieuwe Instituut outlines a series of widely divergent visions of the domestic interior in Temporary House of Home, a semi-permanent exhibition. Themes such as the (un)safety of home, accommodation for homeless people, the dream home and even the haunted house, plus, for example, the uniform styling advice that Funda offers to aspiring home sellers, are all highlighted in their own ‘room’. Temporary House of Home also looks, through the iconic exhibitions Holland in Vorm (1987) and Do Create by Droog Design and KesselsKramer (2000), at the changing canon formation around recent Dutch design history and reflects on the current practice of the designer.
In addition, Temporary House of Home shows how Het Nieuwe Instituut has researched the theme of the interior since 2013.
With contributions from Janilda Bartolomeu, Koos Breen, Frank Bruggeman, Droog Design, Dirty Furniture, Larissa Mantel, We Sell Reality, Johannes Schwartz and others.
Designing the Social
Also opening on 4 July is the new heritage exhibition Designing the Social: 100 years of idiosyncratic living in the Netherlands. On the basis of various archives from the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning and other sources, it reveals how architects, committed citizens and activists have thought about new forms of living together from different perspectives over the past 100 years.
Designing the Social revolves around the varied and sometimes radical interaction between design and society. Various designers, researchers and curators select and (re)interpret pieces from the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. Based on these, in a series of ‘rooms’, they tell the mostly unknown stories of more than a century of social design. These are devoted to themes such as design strategies from the second feminist wave, the ‘minimum house’, squatting as a spatial strategy, the community centre and the socio-economic experiment around De Ploeg textile mill. This semi-permanent presentation shows how the input of designers, sometimes as thinkers, creators or activists, has repeatedly contributed to designing the social, with new ideas and models for the world, for living together, working together and communicating.
With contributions from Uta Eisenreich & Johanna Himmelsbach, Rudy Guedj, Simone C. Niquille, Tabea Nixdorff, Arvand Pourabbasi & Golnar Abbasi (WORKNOT!), and Farida Sedoc.
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