An evening with Arne Hendriks and Deyan Sudjic

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An evening with Arne Hendriks and Deyan Sudjic

What would an architect do for the chance to build the world's tallest building? And how would it be if people were just 50cm tall?

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Het Nieuwe Instituut 25 Museumpark 3015 CB Rotterdam Netherlands

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Create your own personal programme by booking tickets for the separate components.

5–7.30pm: Thursday Bite (€ 10)

Every Thursday, from 5pm, you can enjoy a tasty Thursday Bite for €10 at Het Nieuwe Café. The Thursday Bite is a light vegetarian or vegan meal from the kitchen of chef Manuela Gonçalves Tavares, plus a soft drink. You can order from the bar on the evening itself.

6-7.30pm: Stalin’s Architect by Deyan Sudjic (€ 7,50 / € 3,75)

What would an architect do for the chance to build the tallest building in the world? What would he sacrifice to stay alive in the midst of Stalin's murderous purges?

A lecture by Deyan Sudjic on the remarkable life and career of Boris Iofan (1891–1976), state architect to Joseph Stalin. His buildings came to define the language of Soviet architecture and his story is an insight into the troubled relationship of all successful architects with power.

7–8pm: Thursday Night Detour (Free, max 12 participants)

Every Thursday night a Detour Guide takes you on a free Detour through one of the exhibitions on display at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Discover design, digital culture and architecture from the perspective of your guide. Every Detour is different: you might end up working on a joint choreography or designing a space for insects.

8–9.30pm: The Incredible Shrinking Man by Arne Hendriks (€ 7,50 / € 3,75)

This lecture is in Dutch

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a prize-winning art and research project by designer and artist Arne Hendriks about the possibility of creating a 50cm human being, a human who fits better on earth. Hendriks plays with our primary reactions to growth and shrinkage, disrupts our thinking and makes us aware of deep-seated fears and desires. Can we desire less as passionately as we desire more?

Image: Arne Hendriks. Photo: Peter Lipton.

Thursday Night Live!

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly evening devoted to burning questions in architecture, design and digital culture, featuring leading speakers from home and abroad. Het Nieuwe Café serves a meal, there’s music from DJs or live performers, the museum is open for free and our Detour Guides (aka tour guides) show you around the exhibitions. Meet people, be inspired and join the discussion!