Work, Body, Leisure - Het Nieuwe Instituut
Curator: Marina Otero Verzier | Assistant curator: Katía Truijen  | Graphic design: Hans Gremmen | Production: Landstra & De VriesDate: 21 December 2018 - 10 March 2019 | Location: Zaal 2, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam NL
Spatial designer: Raphaël Coutin

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From the success of the exhibition in Venice, it was decided to bring the exhibition Work, Body, Leisure in a new set up at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The project, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by Marina Otero Verzier, includes contributions by a group of architects, artists, designers, historians, musicians and theorists selected by the curatorial team and through a number of open calls. This collaborative endeavor seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation. A domain of research and innovation that, despite its ongoing transformation of the built environment and bodies that inhabit it, is still largely devoid of a critical spatial perspective.

The main challenge for the exhibition design was to transpose the idea of this orange core as the central room of the exhibition into a long space.
The square Rietveld Pavilion in Venice was perfect to centralize the projects around the locker room, in the New Institute Raphael designed a long corridor, giving, by that, a direction to follow for the visitor.
The museum space, darker than the Rietveld pavilion, emphasized more on the single-color identity of each project.  Furthermore, the mezzanine gave the visitor a bird's view of the exhibition which created a new layer of experiencing the spatial design.