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Het Nieuwe Instituut has loaned a large number of important works to the exhibition netherlands <> bauhaus – pioneers of a new world, which opens at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on 9 February. The exhibition explores the periods before, during and after the glory years of the Bauhaus and charts the network between the Netherlands and the world-famous school, and vice versa. More than seventy objects from the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning at Het Nieuwe Instituut are moving temporarily to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, including works by Johan Niegeman (1902-1977), Cornelis van Eesteren (1897-1988), Mathieu Lauweriks (1864-1932) and Lotte Stam-Beese (1903-1988).


Het Nieuwe Instituut is commemorating the Bauhaus centenary in a completely different way in 2019. Rather than focussing on the objects and designs created at the Bauhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut is focussing on new forms of knowledge. Knowledge that comes from marginalised or unrecognised cultures, but above all knowledge that does not restrict itself to human desires and needs and that is not focussed solely on productivity and efficiency. Knowledge, therefore, that breaks through the limitations of traditional analysis, knowledge that lives in plants, animals and machines, and knowledge that appeals not only to rational thought but also to the body and all the senses. In Neuhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut is transformed into a temporary hybrid of school, museum and archive, where the concepts of knowledge and education are explored afresh and even reinvented, and which functions as a generator of new ways of producing, visualising and sharing knowledge. The Bauhaus’s DNA forms the building blocks for Neuhaus: a gesamtkunstwerk in the form of a school where academics, scholars and interested members of the public can design, explore ideas, philosophise, debate, exchange knowledge and build the future together.  

The exhibition netherlands <> bauhaus – pioneers of a new world is at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 9 February to 26 May 2019.