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During the week of 6 to 11 July 2020, Het Nieuwe Instituut is celebrating the opening of two exhibitions, Atelier Nelly & Theo van Doesburg and Gijs Bakker & K. Schippers: Basics, with a series of events. Most can be followed via Het Nieuwe Instituut Online.

The Unusual in the Everyday celebrates the opening of two exhibitions. Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg offers an alternative view of the work of Nelly and Theo van Doesburg, partly thanks to the recent restoration and digitisation of Van Doesburg's architecture archive. Nelly emerges a key figure in the creation of the reputation of Theo Van Doesburg and De Stijl. Their most distinctive project plays a central role in the exhibition: the studio house in Meudon, a suburb of Paris.

Gijs Bakker & K. Schippers: Basics, is a presentation in Sonneveld House for which Gijs Bakker and K. Schippers combine jewellery and poems that they have selected especially for this occasion from their extensive oeuvres. This creates an atmosphere in which visitors can make new connections and alternative interpretations are given space.



The opening programme is under development: additional events will be announced.

K. Schippers poetry recital

Poet K. Schippers introduces the festivities at the beginning of the week by reciting a poem, recorded in the garden of Huis Sonneveld.



Digital treasure hunt with Koehorst In 't Veld and Florian van Zandwijk
Where’s Elzas?
A new episode of the digital expedition to discover the locations of the holiday photos in the archive of Abraham Elzas, a public research project that should lead to a greater understanding of the interests of the architect and his wife, both of whom played an important role in the lives of Theo and Nelly van Doesburg.


Machiel Spaan and Rozalie Hirs in conversation
Ways of Space
Architect Machiel Spaan and composer Rozalie Hirs will discuss the architectural sound installation Ways of Space, which they developed during their joint residence in the Van Doesburg House. With architecture historian Anne Hoogewoning and moderator Hodan Warsame. Photo: Ways of Space in the Van Doesburg-Rinsema House in Drachten, Allard van der Hoek 2020.
Workshop with Dean Bowen and Nastasia Gendreau
Jewellery as Poetry, Poetry as Jewellery

Create jewellery and poetry as you explore the relationship between the two in this combined workshop by goldsmith Nastasia Gendreau and poet Dean Bowen. During the workshop, you’ll dive into the stories behind the materials. What are the materials saying? Where do their stories meet your own? And how to translate all of this into a poem or a piece of jewellery?

  • Thursday 9 July 2020, 3-5pm, 6th floor, Het Nieuwe Instituut
Neske Beks and others in conversation
The Black Lines of De Stijl
Interdisciplinary artist and writer Neske Beks will talk to moderator Leon Kranenburg about the research she did during her residence in the Van Doesburghuis into the black storylines in the history of the house, the connection of the house with decolonialisation and Nelly van Doesburg's bond with jazz musician Thelonious Monk.
DJ Thelonious performs
Jazz, De Stijl and Thelonious (Monk)
DJ Thelonious pays a musical tribute to his namesake, the jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, who was a close acquaintance of Nelly van Doesburg. Photo: Collection RKD, archive and collection Nelly van Doesburg.
Gijs Bakker, K. Schippers and Dean Bowen in conversation
The Unusual in the Everyday
Under the guidance of moderator Hodan Warsame, Schippers talks to designers Gijs Bakker and Dean Bowen about their shared fascination for the unusual in the everyday.
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