A Speculative Archive for Dutch Design
16 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 Loans
12 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! Archive
3 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 Instituut
13 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 described
23 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.
Collages and screen prints by Gerard van Zeijl
8 DECEMBER 2017
Het Nieuwe Instituut has recently acquired the archive of Gerard van Zeijl (1940-2017), former professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. In addition to documentation relating to his design practice and teaching career, the archive also features fine art, including several surprising collages and screen prints from the period 1963-78.
'Living as Urban Roof' on display in the Rijksmuseum
1 NOVEMBER 2017
A ‘wonderful chaos’, liveliness and a broad range of opportunities for bumping into your neighbours. Architect Piet Blom was one of the most ardent champions of this idea. He elaborated it in a series of drawings, models and brochures entitled ‘Living as Urban Roof’, an investigation of a new community model, integrating all the functions of urban living. A selection of drawings from this series is on display in the Rijksmuseum from 9 November.
Conservation of the photography collection
23 OCTOBER 2017
In 2016, Het Nieuwe Instituut began a long-term project to conserve the estimated 300,000 photographs in the collection of the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. The first 50,000 photos have already been conserved and digitised.