The Disclosing Architecture programme enhances the preservation and accessibility of the photo collection. A large part of the photo collection is currently stored together with the paper archive. However, the photo collection requires specific conservation and restoration in terms of packing and the appropriate storage climate. Due to their chemical nature, photographic images can be damaged by light, climate, harmful substances in the environment and packaging, among other things. This project initially opts for conservation, restoration and digitisation of the photo prints.
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.
Het Nieuwe Instituut Participates in Photography Conservation Project
To expand our understanding of photographic processes and the conservation of modern photography, Het Nieuwe Instituut is participating in Collection Knowledge 2.0 – Photography, a partnership between institutions with photography collections, led by the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). A series of identification days will take place in Het Nieuwe Instituut from 1 to 9 July.
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.