At Home in the Collection
Every Sunday on Instagram Collection, we will post an image of home from the photos in the National Collection. Deep-pile carpets and polished oak, macramé and hanging plants, lounge areas and patios, cats and bearskins, cluttered kitchens and sleekly furnished reception rooms. With residents who cook, read, watch TV or eat breakfast, alone or together, imagining themselves unobserved or posing self-consciously. What makes an interior a home?
MVRDV’s Living Archive
Because the computer is now an indispensable tool in the design process, the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning is increasingly collecting digital archival materials. The conference Repositioning Architecture in the Digital included a workshop dedicated to MVRDV’s digital archive: Behind the Screens. It discussed a variety of topics relating to digital archives, such as acquisition, management and preservation, accessibility, usability and publishing.
National Collection Acquires Tiled Floor Design by Theo van Doesburg for the De Vonk Holiday Home
Het Nieuwe Instituut has acquired a design by Theo van Doesburg for the tiled floor in the De Vonk Holiday Home. Designed by J.J.P. Oud in 1917, the building was one of the first collaborations between members of De Stijl, who strove shortly after the First World War to create a new kind of living environment in which architecture and colour would merge to form a total work of art.
Berlage’s Dream Museum
The exhibition A Dream of a Museum at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag is devoted to the single largest artwork in the museum’s collection: the building itself. Designed by Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934), it attracted both harsh criticism and lavish praise when completed, and is now regarded as his masterpiece. For the exhibition, Het Nieuwe Instituut has loaned presentation drawings and models from the extensive Berlage archive.
The Research Centre is a space where research, encounters, inspiration, collaboration and the exchange of knowledge are central. Hosting around 3000 (inter)national researchers per year, above all it’s a place where new knowledge is created. The Research Centre connects researchers with Het Nieuwe Instituut and research results with the National Collection.
You can reproduce materials from the collection by copying, scanning or taking (digital) photographs of them. Do this yourself in the Study Centre, or make use of the Search Portal or Het Nieuwe Instituut's Reproduction Service.
Search the collection
The search portal gives the public direct online access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections. The State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning contains 1.4 million drawings; 300,000 photographs; 2,500 models and 70,000 books and magazines, which together document the history of Dutch architecture and urbanism.
From the archives: exhibition designs by architects
The exhibition Art on Display 1949-69 provided the occasion to research architects’ exhibition designs in the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. This selection – featuring no museum exteriors and not restricted to architectural exhibitions – illustrates how interventions by the architect determine how objects are presented to the visitor. With designs b Gerrit Rietveld, Hein Salomonson, Nel Verschuuren, J.J.P. Oud en Wim Quist.