With Choose and Use, Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed a new format that makes archives from the National Collection available to the cultural field. Together with participating partners, we are making a selection of archival documents that corresponds to specific themes and current concerns. In this way, the National Collection will become increasingly interwoven with local and regional issues.
Over the years, Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed various ways of making the collection accessible and visible. In addition to physical presentations in the museum’s own galleries, digital access and a generous loans policy, the institute puts a great deal of energy into networking and partnerships. Under the motto ‘centralised collecting and decentralised access’, Choose and Use provides an additional format that allows regional and local initiatives to make use of restored or digital materials from the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning.
This format was developed during Guus Beumer’s tenure as director and is part of the Disclosing Architecture programme, made possible by a generous one-off financial injection from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, aimed at digitisation and restoration. This enables us to develop new forms of visibility.
In order to further increase the visibility of the archives and to make optimal use of public resources, each institution within the Choose and Use network will nominate one or more new partners who are interested in taking over an archive presentation, in whole or in part. The archival materials are offered free of charge. Any additional wishes with regards to their presentation are negotiable, but are, in principle, at the expense of the collaborating partner.
Choose and Use
The first Choose and Use pilot scheme will take place from 12 June to 15 August with a presentation of materials from the archive of Luzia Hartsuyker-Curjel as a supplement to Bureau Europa’s exhibition and lecture series Love in a Mist, about how women have historically shaped spaces and policies in relation to their own fertility. The Choose and Use archival presentation uses original drawings to show Luzia and Enrico Hartsuyker’s alternative and often radical housing solutions from the period of post-war reconstruction until the late 1990s.
The large-scale restoration and digitisation programme Disclosing Architecture (2018-24) ensures that large parts of the collection that were previously too vulnerable to be loaned to other institutions can now be shown. Choose and Use draws upon archives that have been conserved or restored as part of Disclosing Architecture. Het Nieuwe Instituut consciously encourages numerous different interpretations of the collection. Choose and Use was set up in part to create partnerships that can broaden the range of perspectives through which the National Collection can be approached.
If you are interested in a possible partnership, please contact our curator and project leader, Eline de Graaf: email@example.com