Bauhaus Lessons highlights the work of teachers and students at the Bauhaus and educational institutions inspired by the German school. Bauhaus Lessons draws upon materials by Bauhaus students - or Bauhäusler– such as Lotte Stam-Beese and teachers such as Mart Stam and Johan Niegeman from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Open Archive: Midpoint in the Process Towards a New Media Work
Open Archive, a partnership between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, has invited three makers to create a new media work on the basis of the open, online collections of both institutions. The three makers spent the first four months finding inspiration through research in the collections, visiting other archival institutions and sparring with external experts.
Closer to Architecture
Het Nieuwe Instituut manages an extensive and valuable collection of architecture and design archives. To enhance the consultability of the archive, the collection of architectural drawings, the photo collection and the Theo van Doesburg collection in particular, extensive restoration and conservation is required. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) invests 11 million euros over the coming six years in the visibility – i.e. the restoration and digitisation – of the architectural collection.
Digitising of more than 15,000 letters of J.J.P. Oud
Het Nieuwe Instituut has digitised more than 15,000 letters, postcards and telegrams to and from the architect J.J.P. Oud (1890-1963). The correspondents include fellow architects such as Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson and Gerrit Rietveld and the letters contain personal anecdotes and project-related documentation.
The Study Centre is open to anyone wishing to consult the archives and library collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. The diversity of the archives and their combination with the library makes the study centre a good place to carry out research into the life and work of architects, their mutual contacts, and their contributions to all kinds of organizations.
There are various ways of reproducing materials from the collection: copying, scanning and taking (digital) photographs. Via the Search Portal, do it yourself in the Study Centre, or make use of Het Nieuwe Instituut 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.
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.
The Sonneveld House Museum in Rotterdam is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed in the early 1930s by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt. They were also responsible for the extraordinary interior, in close collaboration with W.H. Gispen.