Theo van Doesburg. Design for Cafe-Restaurant Aubette, Strasbourg, 1926-1928. NAI Collection, DOES AB 5206
For the opening presentation of the Rijksmuseum’s 20th century gallery, the Rijksmuseum and The New Institute will be collaborating in the form of a long-term loan from the collection of The New Institute. This loan includes scale models of Gerrit Rietveld’s work and drawings by Theo van Doesburg. This collaboration is not an isolated event; during the restoration and renovation of the Rijksmuseum, material from the collection of The New Institute was also used, namely material from the Pierre Cuypers’ archive.
Pierre Cuypers archive
The Pierre Cuypers archive is one of the most important archives from the 19th century that The New Institute oversees. It covers nearly a century of architectural history and demonstrates the versatility of the architectural profession at that time. The archive contains fantastic photographs and drawings of the many churches that Cuypers built, but also of his large projects such as the De Haar castle, Amsterdam central station and the Rijksmuseum. The drawings of the Rijksmuseum were an indispensable resource for the restoration of the building, especially for restoring the monumental decorations in the Gallery of Honour, the Front Hall, the Night Watch Gallery and in the stairwells.
The Rijksmuseum’s new opening presentation displays architecture and urban development alongside new artistic movements in the visual arts. The New Institute has contributed by advising on the setup of the presentation and lending a number of key items from its collection, including works of Theo van Doesburg, Johan Niegeman and Gerrit Rietveld. Behrang Mousavi, Head of Collections: “This loan from our archive underscores the importance that both institutes attach to the mobility of collections, allowing collective heritage to be put on display for different audiences.”
The New Institute
The New Institute arose out of a merger between the Netherlands Architecture Institute; Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion; and Virtueel Platform, the e-culture knowledge institute.
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200 drawings, models and photographs from the collection of The New
Institute will be on show this autumn at the Hermitage in St.
Petersburg. Together with several items on loan from contemporary
architectural firms, they will form the exhibition Architecture the
Dutch Way 1945-2000 which is about the design of the Netherlands after
the Second World War. The exhibition will be held in St. Petersburg from
16 October to 12 January as part of the Netherlands-Russia Year 2013.
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In preparation for the upcoming restoration and renovation of the
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the NAI began compiling an inventory of the
Rijksmuseum section of the P.J.H. Cuypers archive in September 2001.
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200 drawings, models and photographs from the collection of The New Institute will be on show this autumn at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Together with several items on loan from contemporary architectural firms, they will form the exhibition Architecture the Dutch Way 1945-2000 which is about the design of the Netherlands after the Second World War. The exhibition will be held in St. Petersburg from 16 October to 12 January as part of the Netherlands-Russia Year 2013. > Read more ...
You can visit our new permanent exhibition, ‘Treasury’, on your own or with the help of a guide. Enjoy a tour of over 100 highlights from the enormous collection of the NAi. ‘Treasury’ presents work by legendary figures in Dutch architecture – names such as Cuypers, Dudok and Oud.
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It is almost a century ago that the design competition for the Rotterdam City Hall at the Coolsingel was first subject to a fiery debate. The current design competition for the new Municipal Office has fanned the flames of this debate again. The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) is adding depth to this current debate with a historical exhibition on the Rotterdam City Hall design competition of 1912. From May 23 to August 9, the NAI will exhibit the seven competition entries for a new Rotterdam City Hall at the Coolsingel from 1912. The exhibition includes four restored competition models as well as photographs and drawings.
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