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‘The debate’ rages everywhere. And it doesn’t even really seem to matter what that debate is about. People disagree vehemently. All. The. Time. In the midst of this noise, disagreement and polarisation, stands the museum. Some say it’s a ‘leftish hobby’, while others claim the institution is too conservative, not inclusive enough. The debate has permeated the museum walls. Are museums neutral spaces where opposing views can meet? Should they be a safe haven, a space where you can escape politics and society, a place that lets you recharge? Or should they take a stand? Is really everyone welcome in the museum? And what does this actually mean?

19:00 – 21:00
also this evening

16:00-18:00 International Clinic

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

19:30-21:30 Reading Room met Rosi Braidotti: Killing me Softly, Ageing, Music, Affirmation

The museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


More and more museums respond to a call for change, by focusing on female or non-western artists, by renouncing the phrase ‘Golden Age’, or by defending it. These actions garner some press attention and maybe the odd Twitter storm, but what happens on the inside? What does it mean to work in, with or for a museum in this day and age? What would you change (or keep) but don’t feel empowered to do? Can you share everything with your colleagues? Can you be who you are at work?

Where do you stand?

This first Night Shift of 2020 we want to shake things up a bit. Not by creating a big event, but by talking, listening in a smaller, more intimate setting where we are all experts and nobody is expected to have all the answers. An opportunity at the beginning of the year to get in touch with colleagues who struggle with the same questions, or who hold very different views from your own. Truly listening to one another.

Practical info

The table is big and everyone is welcome, but because of this format we will have fewer tickets available than usual. We feel it is important to create a space where all can be heard. Do you really want to come, but can’t afford the ticket? Get in touch with the team by sending an email to hallo[at]

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.