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Careful restoration work and interior refurbishment has turned Sonneveld House into a magnificent monument. The danger of a museum house, however, is that it is frozen in time. After all, the residents who brought the house to life have departed. That is why Het Nieuwe Instituut decided to activate the monument from time to time by inviting an artist, designer or architect to make a 'site specific' installation. The confrontation with a present-day design practice transports the museum house into the contemporary design world.

A Mental Image - Blavatsky Observatory by Santiago Borja

13/02/2016 - 22/05/2016

Artist Santiago Borja creates an observatory on the roof of Sonneveld House. A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory is based on Borja’s research into the influence of Western esotericism on the principles of Dutch Functionalism.

Sonneveld House² - Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse

01/02/2015 - 13/09/2015

Guest curator Petra Blaisse offers a totally new experience of Sonneveld House with one ingenious intervention, that responds to the three key principles of Dutch Functionalism: light, air and space.

Richard Hutten in Sonneveld House

17/11/2013 – 11/05/2014

As guest curator, Richard Hutten respects the original interior while at the same time inserting examples of his own work or making almost invisible alterations to the interior. Hutten: “For me the Sonneveld House is an icon, a highlight of modernism and relevant to this day.

Eva Rothschild - A Gated Community

12/06/2016 - 18/09/2016

Irish artist Eva Rothschild has responded to Sonneveld House’s status as a museum and monument by creating a series of large, geometric sculptures that will be placed throughout the house alongside a number of smaller, more discreet pieces.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster - Opera-House

13/11/2016 – 05/03/2017

The French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster created a work especially for Sonneveld House. Opera-house is a domestic opera based on the Sonneveld family’s arrival in their new home. By means of several soundtracks and objects, Gonzalez-Foerster transforms the static environment of the museum house into a theatrical space for active exploration.

Sonneveld House website

The Sonneveld House website offers information on the architecture and interior of the house, as well as practical information such as opening hours and entry fees.