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Original Gispen furniture back in Sonneveld House


Het Nieuwe Instituut has purchased two tubular-steel armchairs and a glass coffee table designed by Willem Hendrik Gispen, which originally furnished the living room of Sonneveld House. The pieces are unique and were made in 1932 specially for the Sonneveld family. The items are on display in Sonneveld House from 10 September 2016. 

Rijksmuseum Loan: Modernism at Three Scales


Ter ere van het 100-jarig bestaan van Gispen wijdt het Rijksmuseum in samenwerking met Het Nieuwe Instituut een kleine presentatie aan de vroege ontwerpen en catalogi van de Nederlandse meubelfabrikant. Daarnaast zijn ontwerpen te zien van de doorzonwoning en een stedenbouwkundige visie op Pampus. Het Moderne op drie verschillende schaalniveaus: meubels, woningen en de stad.

Drawings from Cuypers archive on view in De Haar Castle


Thirty design drawings from the archive of architect Pierre Cuypers are on view in the exhibition Interieur & Lifestyle at De Haar at De Haar Castle in Utrecht from 7 September. The exhibition juxtaposes Cuypers’ Gothic style with the fashionable lifestyle of his wealthy clients, Baroness Hélène de Rothschild and Baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar.

The Olympic Stadium by Jan Wils

4 MAY 2016

From 12 June Het Nieuwe Instituut is presenting a programme of exhibitions and activities related to the Olympic Games. The collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut contains photographs, drawings and documentation of the stadium that Jan Wils built for the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928: a building in the Functionalist style with influences from Berlage and Dudok, which despite its ‘brick recklessness’ still ‘offers much of interest’. 

The Structuralist Drawing: Pioneers of a New Visual Idiom

11 APRIL 2016

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Het Nieuwe Instituut a museum grant to conduct research into Structuralist drawings. Architects such as Piet Blom, Jan Verhoeven and Herman Hertzberger introduced a new way of drawing and presenting their designs: abstract structures, patterns, collages, and the use of felt-tip pen. What role did the Structuralist drawing play in the design and construction process? And how does visual representation relate to the design? The study is part of a long-term research project into Dutch Structuralism in partnership with the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, Delft University of Technology and Leiden University.

Van Doesburg, Van Eesteren and Hertzberger on show temporarily in the Rijksmuseum

11 APRIL 2016

Until 31 July, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is displaying several loans from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut: designs for the Maison Particulière by Theo Van Doesburg and Cornelis van Eesteren, and the Centraal Beheer office building by Herman Hertzberger. These two projects are archetypal examples of two important movements in the history of Dutch architecture: the avant-gardism of De Stijl and structuralism. These loans are part of a long-term co-curatorship programme between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Rijksmuseum.

Digital Preservation Pilot Study

23 MARCH 2016

At the beginning of April Het Nieuwe Instituut is initiating the Digital Preservation Pilot Study: an internal learning trajectory that aims to produce a blueprint for acquiring, evaluating, organising and preserving born-digital archives (archives created in a digital environment) and making them accessible to the public. The digital archive of the architecture practice MVRDV, acquired by the institute in 2015, is the main focus of the research. The results of the Pilot Study will provide a model for other heritage organisations.

Cornelis van Eesteren archive inventoried

19 JANUARY 2016

Cornelis van Eesteren (1897–1988) was a highly productive all-round designer. His archive, containing more than 4,800 inventory numbers, is one of the most extensive at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Inventorying took place from February to November 2015. All the records were given the clearest descriptions possible in an effort to optimise the accessibility of these fascinating, historically significant materials.