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The Critical Visitor - Important Subsidy Allocation by NWO Smart Culture


Het Nieuwe Instituut is a partner within The Critical Visitor, a research project that investigates how heritage institutions can bring about new forms of inclusiveness and accessibility through their organisation, collections and exhibition policy. The project has received a €500,000 NWO Smart Culture grant. The five-year research project is being conducted by a consortium of fifteen cultural and scientific institutions.

Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection available via Collectie Nederland


Over the next six years, Het Nieuwe Instituut is busy making the architecture collection visible through restoration, conservation and digitisation. One of the elements of the Closer to Architecture programme is the Linked Open Data (LOD) project. LOD has reached its first milestone by making collections materials available online via Collectie Nederland (the Dutch National Collection).

Theo van Doesburg in Barbican Art Gallery

25 AUGUST 2019

From 4 October, two design drawings for Café Aubette from the archive of Theo van Doesburg will be shown in the exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. In February, the exhibition travels to Vienna, where two other designs for Aubette will be on display. The loan of these drawings has been made possible only after research and conservation as part of the Closer to Architecture programme.


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 monotype of Huszár’s hand and a poster by Johan Niegeman. These loans are part of a long-term curatorial partnership between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Rijksmuseum.