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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


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


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. 

Presentation PASIG conference Oxford


The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. Their conference (11-13 September) brought together practitioners, industry experts and researchers to share experience in a vendor-neutral forum on how to put preservation and archiving into practice. Behrang Mousavi, Heritage Manager at Het Nieuwe Instiuut, discussed preservation and accessibility of digital heritage, and the importance of collaboration.