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Agency for Architecture, Design, and Digital Culture



Architecture has a long history of international biennials. So, to a lesser extent, have design and digital culture. Traditionally, architectural biennials like Venice's have been associated with prestige, particularly the national pavilions in which each country presents a self-directed image of its own contemporary architecture. These national presentations are among the standard instruments of cultural diplomacy and, since 2013, Het Nieuwe Instituut has been the commissioner of Dutch pavilions.

Have we met? Humans and Non-humans on Common Ground. Photo: Cristiano Corte

Where possible and relevant, the Nieuwe Instituut has also presented Dutch designers on an international stage: in London, Istanbul, and Milan, where the triennial was revived in 2019 with Het Nieuwe Instituut as programmer for the Dutch entry.

Initially, there were national presentations at three architecture biennials - Venice, São Paulo and Shenzhen. Both São Paulo and Shenzhen have now chosen a different model without national pavilions. However, for each event the Nieuwe Instituut plays a leading role in investigating the possibilities of developing sustainable forms of collaboration based on networking and the exchange of knowledge.

Current projects

Until 25 November 2023

Plumbing the System — La Biennale di Venezia 2023

Plumbing the System — La Biennale di Venezia 2023

On show from 20 May to 26 November 2023, Plumbing the System, curated by architect and researcher Jan Jongert / Superuse Studios, is the official Dutch contribution to the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

La Biennale di Venezia

La Triennale di Milano

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

International Architecture Biennial São Paulo

Istanbul Design Biennale

51 Sprints (2016)

Salone del Mobile