Sorry we’re Open!

Lecture and debate
Thursday 19 June 20:00 – 21:30
17 June 2014

"The Venice Architecture Biennale opened on Saturday 7 June. Director Rem Koolhaas has invited the curators of all national pavilions to present exhibitions that respond to the theme ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014’."

On Thursday 19 June Het Nieuwe Instituut welcomes the curators of the Dutch and the British Biennale pavilions.

The Dutch pavilion is jointly curated by Guus Beumer (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Dirk van den Heuvel (Delft University of Technology and Jaap Bakema Study Centre). The exhibition Open: A Bakema Celebration explores the creation of the open society and questions the role that architects and individual citizens could play in its realisation.
The presentation centres on the work and ideas of architect Jaap Bakema (1914-1981).
Beumer and Van den Heuvel will report on initial reactions to the exhibition and discuss the Dutch entry in more detail.

The second team of guest speakers consists of Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost, whose office Crimson Architectural Historians worked with FAT Architecture to give shape to the British pavilion. Entitled A Clockwork Jerusalem, their exhibition explores the interplay between international modernism and the British tradition of romantic architecture with its fascination for technology and design fiction.

The common ground between the themes of the two pavilions, the Dutch ideal of the open society and the creation of the British welfare state, will form the starting point for a public conversation.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the following websites:
hetnieuweinstituut/en/open-bakema-celebration and