Hermitage hosts exhibit on modern Dutch architecture

Two hundred scale models, sketches and photographs from the New Institute’s collection, as well as exhibits from collections of contemporary Dutch architectural bureaus, will be on show at the “Architecture the Dutch Way 1945–2000” exhibition.

This is the first retrospective at the State Hermitage Museum to be devoted to the history of Dutch architecture since World War II. The collection of the New Institute shows how, in the Netherlands, the ideal of communality made way for greater diversity, reflecting an individualizing society.

The exhibition explores parallels to and differences from Russia. In the period between 1920 and 1935, many Dutch architects and artists were inspired by the development of Russian society after the revolution. Some of them traveled to Russia, to “help implement the socialist ideals.”

Ideas about communality and collectivism played a key part in post-war Dutch architecture and urban planning—for example, in reconstruction and urban expansion, and in the planning of designs for new land reclaimed from the sea. The 1980s saw a renewed interest in constructivism, which led to new and grandiose architecture.

Read more on the Hermitage website.

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