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Digitising of more than 15,000 letters of J.J.P. Oud

25 APRIL 2019

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.

‘Euromast’ by Jaap Bakema on display in the Rijksmuseum

25 APRIL 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut is lending the scale model of Jaap Bakema’s ‘Euromast’ to the Rijksmuseum for the small presentation around Vilmos Huszár within the museum’s permanent twentieth-century displays. The institute is also lending a drawing of Huszár’s hand and a poster by Johan Niegemann. These loans are part of a long-term curatorial partnership between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Rijksmuseum.

Open Archive allows three makers to create new media work from archival collections

25 APRIL 2019

Artist Guy Königstein, filmmaker Donna Verheijden and artist/designer Oana Clitan have been invited by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to develop new media works based on both institutions’ online digital collections as part of the Open Archive project. They have seven months to develop the works before they are presented at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam in October.

Loans to the Design Museum: Modern Nederland 1963-1989

20 MARCH 2019

Works by Joost Baljeu, Kho Liang Ie, Carel Weeber and Jaap Bakema and others from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut are on display from 23 March at the Design Museum in Den Bosch in the exhibition ‘Modern Nederland 1963-1989’, which examines the role of the Dutch government as a patron of modern design.

The Dutch Bauhaus Network


Het Nieuwe Instituut has loaned more than seventy objects from the State Archive of Dutch Archticture and Urban Planning to the exhibition netherlands <> bauhaus – pioneers of a new world, which opens at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on 9 February. The loan includes works by Johan Niegeman (1902-1977), Cornelis van Eesteren (1897-1988), Mathieu Lauweriks (1864-1932) and Lotte Stam-Beese (1903-1988).

Collection Book for Children: Hi, I'm a Line


On 20 October, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents two children’s books: one is a reader - Hoi, ik ben een lijn (Hi, I’m a Line); the other is an activity book - Hoi, jij bent een ontwerper (Hi, You’re a Designer). Both books introduce children to highlights of the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning and to architecture as a profession. Initiator and author Behrang Mousavi and project leader Clara Stille-Haardt reveal how the books were devised.

‘Closer to Architecture’. Masterplan for the disbursement of 11 million euros

20 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 'Closer to Architecture’ 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 catalogued

24 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.