Disclosing Futures Rethinking Heritage
Heritage innovates. It does this partly through technological progress, but mainly by questioning current practice. A collection is not a neutral representation of the past, but acquires meaning through interactions with, and interpretations of, new generations of users. This means that heritage must, by definition, be future-oriented. At the conference Disclosing Futures – Rethinking Heritage, on 2, 3 and 4 November in Het Nieuwe Instituut, we will discuss the reorientation of the role of heritage, and innovation as a condition for sustainable collection management.
The Light on Van Doesburg Workshop
Items from the Theo van Doesburg collection are frequently lent to museums at home and abroad. However, exposing pieces to light takes its toll. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) has been called in to provide support in drawing up a lighting policy, including a lighting plan for exhibitions and a loan protocol, in order to permanently guarantee the visibility of the collection. The process started with a workshop at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Van Eesteren and El Lissitzky’s Photogram
The National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning contains an estimated 300,000 photo prints in around 700 different archives. The 1923 photogram, 4/i/Lampe Heliokonstruktion 125 Volt by El Lissitzky and Vilmos Húszar, is a special and rather atypical example, which at the same time illustrates the value of the photo collection as a primary source. The work is part of the estate of architect and urban planner Cornelis van Eesteren (1897-1988), who was in the De Stijl circle.
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.
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.