Het Nieuwe Instituut manages an extensive and valuable collection of architecture and design archives. To enhance the consultability of the archive, the collection of architectural drawings, the photo collection and the Theo van Doesburg collection in particular, extensive restoration and conservation is required. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) invests 11 million euros over the coming six years in the visibility – i.e. the restoration and digitisation – of the architectural collection administered by Het Nieuwe Instituut. Het Nieuwe Instituut plans to use this support to achieve two goals: to enhance the collection’s physical consultability and to improve the accessibility of the digitised 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).
‘Closer to Architecture’. Masterplan for the disbursement of 11 million euros
On 17 July, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of the Department of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) issued a disbursement letter based on the 'Closer to Architecture’ masterplan officially allocating the first half of the 11 million euros awarded in March for the restoration, conservation and digitisation of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection.
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invests 11 million euros in architectural collection at Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut
This one-off injection affords a potentially decisive impulse for the preservation and restoration of the national collection and the acceleration of the current digitalisation and accessibilisation of the archive.
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.