Het Nieuwe Instituut celebrates the opening of the new cultural season with a sparkling evening devoted to the newest of the new. Special guests from various design disciplines share their latest news with us. With fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen, journalist and artist Ine Poppe, designer and art director Woes van haaften and interior designer Daniela Schelle.
What is currently causing them sleepless nights, which projects are they working on, and what are their tips for must-see exhibitions, films and festivals and which young talents should we keep an eye on?
Music will be provided by Annabel, Rotterdam’s new concert venue that opens later this month, giving a taste of their forthcoming programming. And last but not least: visitors will get a sneak preview of the Temporary Fashion Museum, which opens to the public on Sunday 13 September. The programme will be moderated by Léon van Geest and Flora van Gaalen.
Thursday Night Dinner
Come early and join the Thursday Night Dinner, served at 6:30 pm. An opportunity to exchange ideas with the speakers, institute staff and other visitors. Het Nieuwe Instituut offers the freshly prepared organic meal for €15 including drinks.
Mattijs van Bergen
The exhibition Photo to Fashion opens in the Nederlands Fotomuseum on 26 September. Specially for the exhibition, fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen has designed a collection inspired by the iconic black and white photographs of Ed van der Elsken, Aart Klein, Richard Tepe and others. Van Bergen is known for his bold use of colour, luxurious materials and exquisite craftsmanship.
This summer journalist and artist Ine Poppe teamed up with journalist Sam Nemeth for a surprising reportage project: they communicated via WhatsApp with a Syrian refugee called ‘Ideas’ (pseudonym) about his arduous journey through Europe. Together with Ideas they decided to post this WhatsApp odyssey online to give people an insight into the reality of life for a refugee. Ine Poppe is head of the Hacking department at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, she makes documentaries and writes for NRC Handelsblad and for trans-media projects.
Woes van Haaften
Two years ago designer and art director Woes van Haaften launched the online art and design platform New Window, which gives an insight into the creative process. New works are developed in partnership with artists and designers and the process is shared online with the public. The current project is One Window #1 in which three artists have been given the same brief: to work with a silk-screening frame measuring 140×100 cm. The participants are Rogier Arents, Aliki van der Kruijs and Kok Pistolet. The finished results will be shown at the SBK Breda gallery during the Graphic Design Festival in Breda from 25 September to 25 October 2015.
As associate partner at Kraaijvanger, Daniela Schelle has specialised in designing interiors and implementing new work concepts. Kraaijvanger’s recently completed Inspiration Centre for Royal Ahrend in Amsterdam is not only a showroom for various office concepts but is also the workspace for Ahrend’s staff. The products are thus literally displayed in the context of various work situations with their associated social interactions.