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The landscape of the Netherlands is essential to writers and poets. They derive inspiration from it, use it in their work, or research it as a component in a shared identity. But this landscape is subject to massive change. It is impossible today to find a place that has not been affected by human intervention; every square centimetre has been shaped and planned by humans. Ancient borders are blurring – between inside and outside, public and private, culture and nature – and the traditional view of city and landscape as mutually exclusive phenomena is slowly receding. City and countryside are becoming increasingly interwoven.

To mark its 180th anniversary, the literary magazine De Gids has asked authors and poets to render Dutch landscapes in essays and poems. The anniversary edition of De Gids was presented at Het Nieuwe Instituut on Thursday 12 October.

This Thursday Night is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior through which Het Nieuwe Instituut will address and research the changing world and associated spaces, in order to redefine our understanding of space.


20:00 – 21:30
also this evening

Finders Keepers lecture: De kaartenbakken van Van Lohuizen by Zef Hemel 19:00 - 19:30

Museum open until 21:00

The New Haberdashery open until 21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.