Dutch Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 “Work, Body, Leisure”

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.

 

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

 

Director-General of Culture and Media of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Barbera Wolfensberger has just opened WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia. Barbera Wolfensberger: ‘In line with this collaborative working method, curator Marina Otero Verzier has created a multidisciplinary exhibition for the Dutch Pavilion. This showcases the ambition to not only overcome national boundaries but to operate beyond disciplinary boundaries as well.’ (more…)

“Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style” De Stijl at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them.

 

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

 

The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. From 10 June until 17 September, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut (which holds the greatest architecture collection in the world) present a marvellous overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been. (more…)

“Designing the Surface” at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

The exhibition presents the first results of a long-term research project by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut with partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Architecture of Appropriation is on show from 27 January until 25 June 2017.

 

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

 

What determines a product’s appeal, function and identity? Increasingly it is the finish that designers employ not only to beautify a product, but also to strengthen, preserve or disguise it. The last layer can simulate ageing, form an impenetrable shell or function as a convincing imitation of craftsmanship. Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency. Surfaces are full of contradictions; declarations of falsehood and denials. Chairs lie. Dashboards deceive. Take a look into the transformation of products – trying to survive in the design world, where nothing is what is seems. (more…)

“Maatwerk. Custom made architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands” at DAM Frankfurt

Accompanying the Frankfurt Book Fair cultural program the DAM will present an exhibition on the work of architects from Flanders and the Netherlands, providing a new perspective on the apparently much more wellknown “Super-Dutch” architecture.

 

Boxy Kitchen, Deurle, Belgium, Architects: Maarten Van Severen © Maarten Van Severen Foundation, Gent \ Foto: Stijn Bollaer

Boxy Kitchen, Deurle, Belgium, Architects: Maarten Van Severen © Maarten Van Severen Foundation, Gent \ Foto: Stijn Bollaer

 

The past thirty years have been crucial years for architecture in the Low Countries, north and south of the border between Belgian Flanders and the Netherlands. While the public image of Dutch architecture has been dominated by the substantial campaigns promoting the ‘Superdutch’, during much of this period Flemish architecture has developed largely out of the limelight and has only more recently attracted the attention of the international media. (more…)

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents “The Life Fair. New Body Products”

With universal themes such as Birth, Work, Sex, Security and Health, the exhibition The Life Fair: New Body Products explores how the quest for an optimal body has developed into a highly competitive market.

 

The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

 

Never before has technology had a greater influence on the body. Our physical selves can increasingly be monitored and, when necessary, improved. And the relation between the human body and its surroundings has never been subjected to so much control. Why not freeze your eggs until you’ve had a successful career and then have children? Or take a chemical test to determine whether you’re really in love? And instead of following a diet, use intelligent cutlery that knows precisely what a daily portion of healthy food is. We are constantly faced with the choice: buy or boycott, opt-in or opt-out. (more…)

OMA’s Timmerhuis: municipal offices and Museum Rotterdam

The 48,400 m2 complex in the center of Rotterdam has been built in steel, erected alongside and nestled within an existing municipal building from 1953 – its ambiguous mass tries to mediate between the existing buildings surrounding it.

 

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam (2015). Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Copyright OMA.

 

Timmerhuis – a new mixed-use building that will house Rotterdam’s municipal offices and the Museum Rotterdam, conceived by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – is complete and open to the public since December 7, 2015. Situated in the city’s Laurenskwartier neighborhood, fifty percent of Timmerhuis is occupied by office space; the rest contains residential, retail, parking and the museum.  Its innovative structural system allows for adaptability, while providing the city with a large public space on the ground floor.

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New search portal gives access to Het Nieuwe Instituut’s architecture collection

With the introduction of a new search portal Het Nieuwe Instituut gives the public direct online access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections. Among other features, the search portal allows professional researchers and others to consult 130,000 images in detail via a special viewer.

 

Van den Broek en Bakema. Town Hall, Terneuzen, 1962. © Het Nieuwe Instituut Collection

Van den Broek en Bakema. Town Hall, Terneuzen, 1962. © Het Nieuwe Instituut Collection

 

The State Archive of Dutch Architecture contains 1.4 million drawings; 300,000 photographs; 2,500 models and 70,000 books and magazines, which together document the history of Dutch architecture and urbanism. Het Nieuwe Instituut preserves 580 archives and collections of Dutch architects and urban planners including P.J.H. Cuypers, H.P. Berlage, J.J.P. Oud, Gerrit Rietveld, Van den Broek & Bakema, Herman Hertzberger, Piet Blom, OMA and MVRDV. (more…)

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam: 8-10 October 2015

Featuring over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and short films, as well as debates, lectures and seminars, the festival provides a podium for discussing the city and future of spatial development.

 

The Chinese Mayor

The Chinese Mayor (Hao Zhou, China 2014)

 

This year, the Architecture Film Festival of Rotterdam will take place from the 8 to 11 October. Featuring over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and short films, as well as debates, lectures and seminars, the festival provides a podium for discussing the city and future of spatial development.
 
Film is one of the most accessible media for addressing complex urban design and architectural subjects. By programming films in a particular context and complementing them with debates involving filmmakers, architects, philosophers and urban designers, the festival appeals to a wide, international audience. Attracting some six thousand lovers of the city, architecture and cinema, AFFR is now the biggest architecture film festival in the world.

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Het Nieuwe Instituut presents The New Garden: a temporary landscape

Inspired by the ecological richness of abandoned sites, Frank Bruggeman (artist and designer) and Hans Engelbrecht (ecological gardener) propose an alternative way of maintaining public space in the city with The New Garden.

 

The New Garden. July 2015 Photo © Johannes Schwartz

The New Garden. July 2015 Photo  ©  Johannes Schwartz

 

This spring, Het Nieuwe Instituut presented The New Garden: a temporary landscape with space for encounter, experimentation and exploration. The outdoor area around Het Nieuwe Instituut transforms into a temporary garden. With the design for The New Garden, Het Nieuwe Instituut opens up to its surroundings and invites neighbouring, residents and passers-by to make use of this temporary garden. The garden also acts as a route to the adjoining Museumpark and contributes to the discussion about the future of this public and cultural heart of the city. (more…)

“What is the Netherlands” by AMO: politics and construction of the Dutch pavilions

Led by AMO’s Stephan Petermann, the exhibition showcases the diversity of the Dutch pavilions at the World Expo featuring 14 reconstructions of pavilions and including collected fragments of exhibits.

 

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969  © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969 © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

 

Coinciding with this year’s 34th World Expo in Milan, the exhibition “What is the Netherlands,” curated by AMO, opens on 25 April at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition is a wunderkammer of Dutch identities, revealing how the Netherlands conceived of and presented itself to the world at Expos since the early 20th century. (more…)