For the series Surprising Finds archivist Alfred Marks selects extraordinary drawings, photographs, objects and models from the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut on the basis of a theme. The presentations do not necessarily show the highlights of the Dutch architectural history, but first and foremost show the richness, diversity and narrative power of the collection.
The office for design, applied art and architecture Studio Makkink & Bey created the spatial design for the series of archive exhibitions entitled 'Surprising Finds'. For each installment, Studio Makkink&Bey carries out a spatial intervention in the interior originally designed by OMA, freeing up the plan of the archive room and creating space for the collection, and guest interventions by young designers and artists. The interior changes in response to the exhibition seasons. For each edition, Studio Makkink & Bey invites three young designers, artists or architects to relate their practice to the archive. As an addition to the selected archival pieces (Something Old) Dressed by Architects presents three works: a working area for one of the intervention guests (Something New), a site-specific installation of works on loan (something Borrowed) and an experiment (Something Blue).
The Surprising Finds Series consists of five editions: #1 Summer Dreams, #2 Nightbirds, #3 The Netherlands Builds in Brick, #4 Monuments of Peace, #5 Dressed by Architects.