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Designing the Social

100  years of idiosyncratic living in the Netherlands 


04 Jul 2021 — 07 Jul 2024

Designing the Social  is an exhibition exploring 100 years of socially driven, idiosyncratic ideas about living together. Sometimes out of idealism, often out of pure necessity, alternative design strategies were developed in the pursuit of an equal society.

Agency, Research, Exhibition

Prix de Rome Architecture 2022

Healing Sites

Agency, Research, Exhibition

18 Nov 2022 — 09 Apr 2023

Visit the exhibition Prix de Rome Architecture 2022 – Healing Sites, which opens on 18 November 2022 at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Featuring the entries of the shortlisted architects for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022, with exhibition design by Zico Lopes (Spatial Codes), it reveals how finalists Arna Mačkić, Dividual (Andrea Bit and Maciej Wieczorkowski), Lesia Topolnyk, and Studio KIWI (Kim Kool and Willemijn van Manen) respond to the Healing Sites theme.


The Energy Show

Sun, Solar and Human Power

03 Sep 2022 — 05 Mar 2023

How much energy do we have and need today? This question opens The Energy Show – Sun, Solar and Human Power, an exhibition that can be seen from 3 September 2022 through 5 March 2023 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition, put together by curator and designer Matylda Krzykowski and in collaboration with The Solar Biennale, revolves around the sun and its design possibilities. It reflects on visitors’ personal energy levels, features dozens of examples of innovative solar technology, and poses the key question: what would the world look like if it ran on solar energy? 



Open Archive 3.0


28 Oct 2022 — 09 Apr 2023

Together with Sound & Vision and the International Institute of Social History, Het Nieuwe Instituut is organising the third edition of Open Archive, in which four makers search open digital heritage collections for new stories, with new media works as the end result.


Have we met?

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) Shenzhen

09 Dec 2022 — 12 Mar 2023

In line with this year’s UABB main theme ‘Urban Cosmologies’, Have we met? promotes new ways of understanding our planet as a shared space for plants, microbes, humans, and other animals. The exhibition was developed as the official Dutch contribution to the 23rd Triennale Milano and opened in July of 2022. Both condensed and expanded, Have we met? will be shown at Shenzhen's Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture from 25 November to 25 February 2023.

Workshop, Children and Families

The Energy Expedition

Family expedition through The Energy Show

28 Dec 2022 — 05 Mar 2023

What does the sun have to tell us? Discover in the exhibition The Energy Show that solar energy has been veeeery important for a veeeeery long time and that designers of today are coming up with the smartest and prettiest ideas for working together with the sun. And you can contribute to this. Go on an expedition with the entire family! Create designs for a future with sustainable energy and unveil secret messages.



Wish I Were Here

Gallery 3 by Thyrza Coenraad

09 Feb — 28 Apr 2023

Can we bring lost places back to life? In her project Wish I Were Here, theatre maker and social designer Thyrza Coenraad explores the feelings evoked by the current housing crisis using theatrical storytelling techniques. 


Into the Pile

Gallery 3 by Charlotte van Alfen

09 Feb — 28 Apr 2023

Designer Charlotte van Alfen has 66,000 photos on her phone. In the six years she's had the phone, she has never attempted to organise, categorise or delete these images, and every week she adds 140 new photos. She therefore identifies as an image hoarder. Through her work Into the Pile, she saw a chance to discover the origin of this urge to hoard photos. Surely she can’t be the only person who’s curious about this?


Baby Blow Up

Gallery 3 by Baby Reni (Irene Ha)

09 Feb — 28 Apr 2023

Does a fashion brand have to produce wearable clothing in order to create its own convincing world? In the Baby Blow Up project, fashion designer and artist Irene Ha experiments with an alternative design practice. 


(Un)Private Life: An Architectural Privacy Investigation

Gallery 3 by Arghavan Khaefi

09 Feb — 28 Apr 2023

Now that physical walls, doors and borders offer no protection against the virtual privacy violations enabled by technology, what role can architecture still play in protecting privacy? Architect Arghavan Khaefi uses architectural resources to restore the privacy that we have lost in present times, especially in the digital domain. 


Radio Umwelt: How to Be(come) an Intra-Species Radio

Gallery 3 by Sander Blomsma

09 Feb — 28 Apr 2023

In search of more-than-human communication, designer Sander Blomsma takes us into the world of electromagnetic waves.  He wonders how humans, non-human life and inanimate matter experience ‘reality’, and what kind of contact and exchange we might imagine between them all, beyond science and philosophy. Blomsma uses radio, because everything – whether alive or inanimate – reacts and vibrates to these waves. In Radio Umwelt, he translates material and immaterial reality into perceptible sound using special antennas and audio equipment. Can we humans improve the way we relate to other species by literally becoming receivers?

Exhibition, Opening

Opening: Five New Exhibitions Gallery 3

Pop-up exhibitions

Thu 09 Feb 2023, 19:00 — 21:00

For three months we give free rein to Charlotte van Alfen, Sander Blomsma, Thyrza Coenraad, Irene Ha and Arghavan Khaefi, each of whom will fill a corridor of Gallery 3’s exhibition space in February, March and April 2023. Join the artists and designers to celebrate the joint opening of their five new exhibitions. The pop-up shows are organised as part Het Nieuwe Instituut’s initiative to make museum space and support available to the wider field of art and design.


THE MIXER Keynote by Catherine Wood

Fri 10 Feb 2023, 16:00 — 18:00

In a special programme, Catherine Wood (Director of Programme at Tate Modern) will respond to questions and topics concerning the challenges and opportunities faced in contemporary art as posed by participants of the Netherlands' renowned post-academic art programmes. This keynote lecture and Q&A session is part of The Mixer, a festive collaboration initiated by Kunstinstituut Melly in partnership with different institutes and local partners. 


Introducing: Maas Lawrence

Book launch

Fri 10 Feb 2023, 19:30 — 22:00

Join us for the launch of new publishing house Maas Lawrence as we celebrate the publication of its first book, Episodes: Powerhouse Company. The evening includes an introduction by Nanne de Ru and Hans Ibelings, and offers the chance to acquire your own copy over drinks. 

Lecture, Conversation

Museums for the Future, Futures for Museums (sold out)

Book launch

Sat 11 Feb 2023, 19:30 — 21:00

To mark the publication of his latest interview collection, Imagining the Future Museum: 21 Dialogues with Architects, cultural strategist András Szántó will lead a panel discussion featuring the architects Kunlé Adeyemi (NLÉ), Ma Yansong (MAD Architects) and Winy Maas (MVRDV). Together with Anne Kremers (director of the FENIX Museum of Migration), they will envisage the architecture of future museums. How will the art museum look and feel in five, 10 or 50 years' time?

Lecture, Conversation

Touch Me, To See Us

Fri 17 Feb 2023, 19:30 — 21:00

As part of the programme around the exhibition Touch Me, To See Us, on display at MAMA Rotterdam, artist Giovanni Maisto Ferreira invites psychiatrist, educator and politician Glenn Hellberg to Het Nieuwe Instituut for a conversation about intimacy and healthy physical connection. Inspired by the idea of the uterus as a primary safe haven, Giovanni researches the importance and power of connection between human beings and physical communication and presents their personal exploration in the form of the exhibition and accompanying programme. This evening will be moderated by Zareb Hoeve.

Lecture, Conversation

Across Access Autonomy: Rethinking Hybrid Culture

Research Nights

Thu 23 Feb 2023, 19:00 — 20:30

As part of considering Het Nieuwe Instituut as a testing ground for an internet beyond platform capitalism, the Research team invites you to think along with speakers and participants, try out tools and ultimately work towards a lasting impact in autonomy across spaces.

Workshop, Children and Families



Wed 01 Mar 2023, 11:00 — 16:00

What would you do if you were the boss of the museum? Become the director of the Nieuwe Instituut and shape the museum of the future: build models, design posters, explore the museum as a visitor or an employee, make music for the exhibition spaces and more! 

Workshop, Exhibition, Film, Tour, Performance, Children and Families

Museumnacht010 2023


Sat 04 Mar 2023, 20:00 — 23:45

This year’s Museumnacht010 is all about dancing. Dancing through the Nieuwe Instituut as if it were a nightclub. Will Museumnacht be as legendary as a night at the Roxy? Following in the footsteps of those legendary club nights, the Nieuwe Instituut is opening the doors of all the museum's rooms in a social experiment to re(re)live nightlife in The Roxy.

Exhibition, Symposium

London Design Biennale 2023

The Global Game

01 Jun — 25 Jun 2023

Het Nieuwe Instituut has been appointed Artistic Director of the fourth edition of the London Design Biennale, which takes place from 1 to 25 June 2023 at Somerset House. Led by its General and Artistic Director, Aric Chen, Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to experiment with the biennale’s format of national and territorial pavilions through the theme The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations.