Het Nieuwe Instituut organises the Dutch contributions to the architecture biennales in São Paulo, Shenzhen and Venice: three occasions with a core focus on spatial issues at which Dutch architecture can present itself to the world.
International architecture biennales are prestigious opportunities for countries to showcase their talent. This is especially true of the national pavilions in which each participating country curates a representative presentation of recent architecture. These presentations are an essential element within cultural diplomacy. Het Nieuwe Instituut has been responsible for curating and coordinating the Netherlands’ submissions since 2013.
Originally there were national presentations at three architecture biennales: Venice, São Paulo and Shenzhen. Recently São Paulo and Shenzhen have adopted a different model, which precludes national pavilions. In these cities there is now an opportunity to develop different (and possibly more sustainable) forms of partnership. In dialogue with the organisers, Het Nieuwe Instituut is exploring concepts for an exchange with China and Brazil. Over the past few years, the institute has begun to develop the necessary network for this exchange, for example through Crimson’s role as curator of the Dutch contribution to the International Architecture Biennale in São Paulo. These activities support Het Nieuwe Instituut’s ambition to promote innovative forms of cultural diplomacy.
While the international architecture biennale has a long history, international manifestations for design and digital culture are relatively new. Het Nieuwe Instituut now also has responsibility for representing these disciplines at key international events such as the annual Milan Furniture Fair.
Dutch Pavilion Architecture Biennial Venice 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut, the commissioner of the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, announces WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the theme of the official Dutch contribution to the biennial.
Automated Landscapes at the Vienna Biennale 2017
Het Nieuwe Instituut's R&D department presents an installation of its long-term project Automated Landscapes at How Will We Work?, an exhibition by the University of Applied Arts Vienna in cooperation with the Vienna Biennale 2017.
51 Sprints at Istanbul Design Biennial 2016
51 Sprints, the interactive documentary designed by artist Yuri Veerman and digital design practice Random Studio in association with Het Nieuwe Instituut is being shown at the Istanbul Design Biennial.
Studio Makkink & Bey, Design Diorama: the Archive as a Utopic Environment
London Design Biennale 2016
Under the auspices of the Agency for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture, Het Nieuwe Instituut is making a contribution to the first edition of the London Design Biennale 2016 at Somerset House. Het Nieuwe Instituut has invited Studio Makkink & Bey to curate and design the entry.
BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions
Architecture Biennale Venice 2016
Malkit Shoshan curated the exhibition BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions at the Dutch Pavilion during the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Shoshan, an architect and founder of the architecture think tank FAST, has been a fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut for the past two years. Her on-going research into architecture in conflict areas fitted neatly within the overarching theme for the 2016 Architecture Biennale: ‘Reporting from the Front’.
Open: A Bakema Celebration
Architecture Biennale Venice 2014
The Dutch entry at the 14th International Architectural Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia examines the work and ideas of the architect Jaap Bakema. The exhibition Open: A Bakema Celebration critically reflects on the idea of the open society through Bakema’s work and research.
Made By Us
Architecture Biennale Shenzhen 2013
Het Nieuwe Instituut has invited Dutch research group The Mobile City to help it develop a dialogue around the concept of smart cities between Chinese and Dutch architects, media makers and designers. The project Made By Us was launched during the Beijing Design Week in partnership with the China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA).
Architecture Biennale Sao Paulo 2013
In November 2013 The New Institute and Crimson Architectural Historians organized a series of public meetings during the X Bienal de São Paulo called ‘Track Changes’. A generation of architects and urbanists, who are connected through a common attitude, were invited to meet in an arena built especially for the occasion. Whether working in the favelas of South America, the slums of India or in the crumbling housing estates of Europe, this generation has replaced the large-scale top down masterplan and the iconic hypermodern building with a participative, temporary and flexible bottom-up approach.
Rise and Shine
Biennale of Shenzhen 2015
The ten Dutch presentations will be explored in a public events programme consisting of an installation and a symposium. The installation Rise & Shine gives the Dutch participants an opportunity to speak. The DDG (Design Displacement Group) team will document, interview and respond to the biennale participants and send out live broadcasts. The symposium will create a dialogue between Dutch and Chinese experts in architecture and urbanism and allow them to share their theories and practical experience.