Only Surviving Model by Theo van Doesburg Acquired for the National Collection
Het Nieuwe Instituut has acquired a model of an interior by Theo van Doesburg for the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. It is a design for one of the most important architectural projects of De Stijl: the cinema-cum-dance hall in the Aubette building in Strasbourg (1928). It is also the only model by Van Doesburg to survive. The acquisition has been made possible by contributions from the Mondriaan Fund, the Vereniging Rembrandt and Galerie Gmurzynska.
Koehorst in ’t Veld on Atelier Nelly and Theo Van Doesburg
Theo van Doesburg is the starting point for Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg, the first public exhibition in the context of Disclosing Architecture. This winter, the exhibition will undergo a modest transformation, as the fragile collection items cannot be exposed to light for very long. When designers and curators Jannetje in ’t Veld and Toon Koehorst started working on the exhibition concept, this practical limitation was one of the preconditions. How then did they approach this project? How did they balance their roles as curators and designers? Why does Nelly van Doesburg take centre stage? And how can digitisation help uncover new stories and connections? In an interview, the Koehorst in ’t Veld duo explain the origins of “their” exhibition.
New Study Launched into Collection Policy for Garden and Landscape Architecture Archives
The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has commissioned Het Nieuwe Instituut to undertake a study into a potential collection policy for archives relating to garden architecture and landscape architecture. There is currently no clearly defined repository for these materials. This makes it difficult for them to find their way to cultural institutions, with the attendant risk of their becoming fragmented or lost. This situation arises from the lack of a shared vision of the cultural value of this heritage.
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.
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.
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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.