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Acquisition of the archive of landscape architect Michael van Gessel

21 AUGUST 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut has recently acquired the archive of garden and landscape architect Michael van Gessel, a designer the general public has encountered, often unknowingly, through visits to public parks, redesigned estates, public spaces in new neighbourhoods and larger landscaping projects. Who is Michael van Gessel? And what does the acquisition of his archive mean for research into Dutch garden and landscape architecture?

Het Nieuwe Instituut takes part in the iPRES Professional Visits Programme

14 AUGUST 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut takes part in the Professional Visits Programme of the iPRES 2019 conference on 20 September. iPRES is the premier and longest-running conference series on digital preservation. The Professional Visits programme allows all iPRES 2019 attendees to take a peek into the digital preservation world of The Netherlands. The hosting organizations will offer guided tours in which they will present their achievements in digital preservation.

Open Archive: Midpoint in the Process Towards a New Media Work

5 AUGUST 2019

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.

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).