Working Visit: Meudon and the Centre Pompidou in Paris
Last week, programme manager Gijs Broos, project leader Elza van den Berg and collection manager Huub Breuer, together with Herre de Vries of restoration studio RNA, paid a working visit to the former studio home of Nelly and Theo van Doesburg in Meudon. They talked to the architect carrying out the restoration work on Meudon, for which extensive use was made of the National Collection’s Van Doesburg archive for the colour analysis. Knowledge was exchanged about the restoration and conservation of the archive material with the Centre Pompidou, which acquired part of the Van Doesburg collection after Nelly’s death in 1975. The visit was recorded by filmmaker Marit Geluk as part of a documentary that will be released in 2022 about how Het Nieuwe Instituut, as a heritage institution, deals with the National Collection and in particular with the Theo van Doesburg collection.
Collection 2.0/Photography: Getting to Know Modern Processes
Het Nieuwe Instituut takes part in Collection Knowledge 2.0/Photography, which aims to preserve photography permanently and keep it publicly accessible. The knowledge this project generates is essential for Het Nieuwe Instituut to optimally register and conserve its photography collection in the context of Disclosing Architecture.
The Blueprint Experiment
In this edition of Archive Explorations, we look at blueprint experiments past and present, focusing on interdisciplinary connections between design, art and photography. With contributions by Susanna Brown, Carolin Lange, Harm te Velde and Hetty Berens. The evening will be moderated by Ellen Smit.
Digitising the Archive of Cora Nicolaï-Chaillet
A large part of the archive of interior architect Cora Nicolaï-Chaillet has recently been digitised as part of the Disclosing Architecture programme. Almost seven metres of archival materials have been translated into 9490 digital files. The digitisation of this archive, one of the few archives in the National Collection created by a woman, fits with our ambition to reveal non-dominant perspectives in architectural practice.
Collecting Otherwise is one of the research projects currently being developed by Het Nieuwe Instituut as part of the Rethinking the Collection initiative, and under the umbrella of Disclosing Architecture. This background of this initiative is the decision of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to invest 11 million euros over the next six years in the visibility – and thus the restoration and digitisation – of the National Collection of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, which is hosted and cared for by Het Nieuwe Instituut. In this context, Het Nieuwe Instituut considers it imperative to ask fundamental questions about the value and significance of the documents contained in the collection. In turn, these questions could contribute to the reorientation of notions of what could, or should, constitute heritage and archiving in specific moments in time.
From Scanner to Digilab: Digitisation Gets More Professional
Het Nieuwe Instituut has been working on digitising the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning for more than ten years. That process has now undergone considerable professionalisation and acceleration as part of the six-year Disclosing Architecture programme, which focuses on preserving the collection and making it more visible. Digitisation is the starting point and prerequisite for numerous projects designed to make the architecture collection more visible and accessible.