On Saturday 3 July 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut is organising an opening programme to launch two new exhibitions: Temporary House of Home and Designing the Social.

For over a year, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been confronted with the limitations – and versatility – of our own homes. Social life, too, has been turned upside down. The pandemic therefore offers a reason to revisit both personal and public life from a design perspective. The house can be designed as a safe haven or home workplace, as a financial investment or haunted house, and as a domestic site of seduction or an uncanny instrument of control and punishment. Society is interpreted, organised and adjusted by design choices and strategies. How do we design our own – and our shared – ideal world?

Designing the Social

Designing the Social is an exhibition devoted to 100 years of socially driven, idiosyncratic ideas about living together. Sometimes out of idealism, often out of pure necessity, alternative design strategies were developed in the pursuit of an equal society. Designers, researchers and curators select and (re)interpret pieces from heritage collections and archives in order to tell an assortment of stories about a century of social design.

With contributions from Uta Eisenreich & Johanna Himmelsbach, Rudy Guedj, Simone C. Niquille, Tabea Nixdorff, Arvand Pourabbasi & Golnar Abbasi (WORKNOT!), and Farida Sedoc.

Read more about Designing the Social.


The full opening programme will be announced shortly. Keep an eye on this page and Het Nieuwe Instituut’s social media channels for updates and details about how to register.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Entrance is free, registration is required. Information on how to register will follow here soon.