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'How will we live together?' is the focus of Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis, to which Het Nieuwe Instituut asks in return - 'Who is We?'. With the theme Multispecies Urbanism, the Dutch pavilion provides an answer, presenting new perspectives on urban development in which the starting point for design is the cohabitation of people and more-than-humans, from animals and plants to soil life and artificial cognitive systems.

An investigative approach has once again been adopted, and in 2020, an artistic team will give substance to the Dutch pavilion. Architect/researcher Afaina de Jong and artist/researcher Debra Solomon are the first members of the team, whose point of departure is the question 'Who is We?' Their contributions argue that a fundamental curiosity about the 'other', including other forms of life, is a condition for the emergence of a new quality in cities and societies. Afaina de Jong develops projects under the title The Multiplicity of Other to address the dominance of a single-sided view of cities, identifying the multiform human presence as fundamental. Debra Solomon, who coined the term Multispecies Urbanism, emphasises the importance of the more-than-human by developing socio-ecological urban interventions, seeing soil and soil life as the foundation of society.

Het Nieuwe Instituut programmatically links the ambitions of the Dutch pavilion in Venice to regional and national contexts through collaborations with the City of Amsterdam, the Creative Industries Fund NL, and others.

Professor Dr Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer for the city of Amsterdam, has been invited to chair the editorial board to give substance to the parallel programme of the Dutch pavilion. Together with many others, Nevejan introduces City Science as a new way of working on the city in which the worlds of research, design and policy are structurally linked.

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL have also issued an Open Call for the parallel programme, enabling architects and urban planners to submit and carry out a contribution to the theme. With this Open Call, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL aim to promote knowledge and contribute to the development of research in the field of architecture and urbanism. More information here.

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run from 23 May to 29 November 2020.

Note for editors

For more information or visual material please contact Eveline Mulckhuyse or Christiane Bosman: e.mulckhuyse@hetnieuweinstituut.nl en c.bosman@hetnieuweinstituut.nl.

Dutch pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE open

24 MAY 2018

Director-General of Culture and Media of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Barbera Wolfensberger has just opened WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia.

WORK, BODY, LEISURE Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

16 MAY 2018

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.

Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective

27 MARCH 2018

Dutch artist Jonas Staal presents the first retrospective of the films and the cultural and political work of Stephen K. Bannon in Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective, curated by Marina Otero Verzier, shows how the artistic work of Bannon has shaped the core narratives and rise of the Trump presidency: an example of the importance of propaganda art in the surge of the international alt-right. 

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 Biennale Architettura 2018, 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

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

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.