Waiting for Miró. The creation of a ceramic mural for J.J.P. Oud’s Bio Herstellingsoord
The joint archive of J.J.P. Oud (1890-1963) and his son Hendrik Emil (Hans) Oud (1919-1996) contains sketches for a ceramic mural on the façade of the Bio Herstellingsoord in Arnhem. Oud’s correspondence shows that he enlisted the Spanish Surrealist painter Joan Miró (1893-1983) to design the mural. But are the colourful sketches in the archive by Miró or by Oud? Or are they by the Dutch painter Karel Appel (1921-2006), who took over the assignment from Miró around 1960?
Hans Tupker: An Attic Full of Archival Files
At the end of 2019, Het Nieuwe Instituut acquired the estate of the architect Hans Tupker (1935-2015). The acquisition of this archive stems from the exhibition Structuralism (2014), which drew upon the archives of, among others, Piet Blom, Joop van Stigt and Herman Hertzberger. The archive of Hans Tupker forms a complement to these archives. Which choices are made when selecting and evaluating individual projects and documents?
Setting up Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Digital Archive
Het Nieuwe Instituut is acquiring increasing numbers of digital archives of architects, urban planners and organisations working within these domains. This calls for a new approach to the sustainable management of digital materials. After a test project, the Digital Archive will be set up in 2020. This will facilitate the effective, correct and controllable management and preservation of the digital collection.
The Study Centre is open to all those who want to consult Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archives and library collection. The archives’ diversity, in combination with the library, makes the Study Centre a great place to research architects’ lives and work, their mutual contacts, and their contributions to various organisations.
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.
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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.
Spaces for Learning Image Gallery
Spaces for Learning, the Neuhaus history lab, explores 150 years of experimentation and innovation in the design of educational environments using a broad selection of drawings and models from the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. See the image gallery for some of the designs on show in the exhibition, plus others that just missed being selected.