This year, Disclosing Architecture pays special attention to restoring 190 works – mostly vulnerable tracings – from the Theo van Doesburg collection. In May, the exhibition Atelier Nelly en Theo van Doesburg opens in Gallery -1.
Fragile drawings by Theo van Doesburg temporarily on show at the Belvedere, Vienna
Two drawings by Theo van Doesburg of designs for Café Aubette will be exhibited at the Belvedere, Vienna, from 14 February to 1 June 2020. That these drawings can now be exhibited at all is entirely due to intensive research and conservation work carried out by the Disclosing Architecture restoration and conservation programme.
Discover Van Doesburg
The search portal will highlight four themes and subjects from the Van Doesburg collection – Galerie de L'Effort Moderne, stained glass, the tesseract, and Café Aubette. Get to know Van Doesburg's work through drawings, models, photographs and blueprints, which can now be viewed online in high resolution.
In addition, many other projects in the Disclosing Architecture programme are being initiated or further developed.
The first results, expected from the restoration studios dealing with the large bulk of design drawings, will be used to further sharpen the restoration's vision. This content will help to decide which archives will be further developed and restored.
The search portal for the collection will be upgraded for Linked Open Data, allowing increased interrelation with other heritage databases to further enrich the collection. In addition, a team of technicians, designers, and heritage professionals will launch The Other Interface, a new way to make the collection accessible to a wider audience.
Research projects into the value and significance of the collection will continue, with Rethinking the Collection reviewing policies and suggesting alternative approaches. Architectural reproductions will examine the role of the copy in the architect's design process to develop new perspectives on the collection.
Availability Of The Collection
Under the name Closer to Architecture, Het Nieuwe Instituut has launched a six-year programme to improve the architecture collection’s visibility and accessibility. One of the projects within the programme involves the conservation and restoration of a large number of design drawings and photographs. As a result of this work, some archival materials will be unavailable for consultation over the next few years.
Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection available via Collectie Nederland
Over the next six years, Het Nieuwe Instituut is busy making the architecture collection visible through restoration, conservation and digitisation. One of the elements of the Closer to Architecture programme is the Linked Open Data (LOD) project. LOD has reached its first milestone by making collections materials available online via Collectie Nederland (the Dutch National Collection).
25,000 Archive Documents in Transit
25,000 design drawings from 40 different dossiers of four archives are ready to be transported to various restoration studios in the Netherlands. This second batch includes designs by J.P. Kloos, Hartsuyker–Curjel, J.J.P. Oud, and more pieces from the extensive archive of Bureau Van den Broek en Bakema.
Theo van Doesburg in Barbican Art Gallery
From 4 October, two design drawings for Café Aubette from the archive of Theo van Doesburg will be shown in the exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. In February, the exhibition travels to Vienna, where two other designs for Aubette will be on display. The loan of these drawings has been made possible only after research and conservation as part of the Closer to Architecture programme.