‘Architecture Closer’. Masterplan for the disbursement of 11 million euros20 AUGUST 2018
On 17 July, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of the Department of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) issued a disbursement letter based on the 'Architecture Closer’ masterplan officially allocating the first half of the 11 million euros awarded in March for the restoration, conservation and digitisation of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection.
Jelles archive catalogued24 JULY 2018
The archive of architect Evert Jelles has recently been catalogued and digitised. Jelles was a leading representative of the Dutch late Functionalist tradition in the period 1965-85 and is credited with rediscovering the work of Jan Duiker.
Dissident Gardens reference images1 JUNE 2018
In the run-up to the exhibition Dissident Gardens, all sorts of images were pulled from the collection to serve as reference material for research, display and communications. The majority were ultimately not used, but they give an impression of possible perspectives on the central theme of Dissident Gardens – the classic struggle between nature and culture – in relation to architecture and the built environment.
A Speculative Archive for Dutch Design16 APRIL 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut evokes the image of a possible design archive, and thus creates a means to stimulate the involvement of various parties in the process, from the national government to the general public.
The Van Doesburg Archive: The Downside to Loans12 APRIL 2018
2017 was the centenary of the founding of De Stijl, with numerous exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad that featured works borrowed from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Loans are important for the mobility of the collection, but they also pose risks to the condition of the objects. To ensure their optimum condition, for the time being works by Theo van Doesburg from the collection will no longer be loaned to other institutions.
Recently acquired: WiMBY! Archive3 APRIL 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut has recently acquired the archive of WiMBY!, a project initiated by Crimson Architectural Historians and Felix Rottenberg to raise the standard of the large-scale restructuring of the post-war neighbourhood Hoogvliet in Rotterdam. This project differed from other urban renewal projects in the Netherlands in its unconventional approach: socially inspired, bottom-up and with a focus on social and spatial infrastructure.
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invests 11 million euros in architectural collection at Het Nieuwe Instituut13 MARCH 2018
This one-off injection affords a potentially decisive impulse for the preservation and restoration of the national collection and the acceleration of the current digitalisation and accessibilisation of the archive.
From penholders to jigsaw puzzles: 500 objects from the collection, photographed and described23 JANUARY 2018
Most of the archives in the collection contain two-dimensional materials that reflect the activities of an architectural practice, such as drawings, sketches, photographs, letters and notes. In some cases, an architect’s estate also contains small objects, such as drawing materials, name plates, penholders, colour and material samples, tableware, sculptures and small tools, such as spirit levels, volutes, trowels or rulers. The collection contains around 500 objects of this kind. Almost all of them have been photographed and described and can be viewed via the Search Portal.