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Film Screenings: Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

How has avant-garde architecture developed in the Netherlands over the past hundred years and what have the residents of 'ordinary houses' benefited from the -sometimes wild- experiments of the architects? The film Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House provides insight into Dutch residential architecture of the 20th century. A must for architecture enthusiasts, owners of modern houses, architects, architecture students and anyone with an interest in young heritage or design. Join us on 13 October at the architecturally equally interesting Derde Ambachtsschool in Scheveningen or 24 November in Museum Het Schip in Amsterdam.

The film consists of five themes in which twenty iconic houses, spread throughout the Netherlands, are discussed: from the Amsterdam School to Postmodernism, from Gerrit Rietveld to Mart van Schijndel and many others. There are also famous examples of social housing, an area in which the Netherlands was particularly successful. The Iconic Houses counts 24 member museums in the Netherlands and consists internationally of 150 modern house museums.

Thursday 13 October 2022

Organizers Hendrick de Keyser Monuments and Iconic House Network 
Where Derde Ambachtsschool, Scheveningen, Zwaardstraat 16 (architect Jan van Duiker, 1931) 
When Welcome 7pm. Start screening 7.30pm 
Length Film 60 minutes, Dutch spoken (English subtitles). Followed by a conversation between Natascha Drabbe and Valentijn Carbo. Architectural historian Natascha Drabbe is the Executive Director and Founder of the Iconic Houses Network and producer of the film. Architectural historian Valentijn Carbo, works for Hendrick de Keyser Monuments and is known from the TV program Binnenstebuiten. Five of Hendrick de Keyser's house museums are a member of Iconic Houses. 
Tickets Purchase tickets at the website of Hendrick de Keyser Monumenten 
Price € 7,50, including coffee/tea and popcorn, € 5,00 for members/donors of Hendrick de Keyser and Iconic Houses 

Thursday 24 November 2022

Organizers Museum Het Schip and Iconic House Network 
Where Museum Het Schip, Amsterdam, Oostzaanstraat 45 (architect Michel de Klerk, 1919-1921) 
Start Museum opens 5.30pm. Admission includes a guided tour of the model home: 6pm-6:45pm and 6:30-7:15pm. Start film 7.30pm 
Length Film 60 minutes, Dutch spoken (English subtitles). Followed by a conversation between Natascha Drabbe and Alice Roegholt 
Tickets Purchase tickets at the website of Museum Het Schip 
Price € 7,50 Museumjaarkaart, BGL and Stadspas free, € 5,00 for members/donors of Iconic Houses 

Themes addressed in the film include:

  • Hygiene and Health in the Modern Home
  • Palaces for the People
  • A Woman’s Place: Clients & Architects
  • Experiments with Space
  • Home as Self-Portrait: Architect's Houses

Theme 1. Hygiene and Health in the Modern Home
Hetty Berens, curator of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Huis Sonneveld in Rotterdam, explains how improved hygiene has made homes in the Netherlands healthier.

House Museums featured in this theme:


Theme 2. Palaces for the People
Valentijn Carbo, architectural historian at Hendrick de Keyser Monuments, tells from the model home of Museum Het Schip what building for the masses in the twenties and fifties looked like and links the projects through their differences or similarities.

House Museums featured in this theme:


Theme 3. A Woman’s Place: Clients & Architects
Natalie Dubois, curator of Design at the Centraal Museum Utrecht and Rietveld Schröder House, talks about the different and important roles that women played in the Netherlands.

House Museums featured in this theme:


Theme 4. Experiments with Space
Robert von der Nahmer, architect, owner of the Diagon House in Delft and former teacher/staff member at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam, sheds light on the search for architectural and visual ways to direct, intensify and experiment with our experience of space and time. He explores what is called 'home culture' - the culture of living in our homes.

House Museums featured in this theme:


Theme 5. Home as Self-Portrait: Architect's Houses
Natascha Drabbe, architectural historian, owner of the Van Schijndel House and director and founder of the Iconic Houses Network shows four houses that architects and an artist couple designed for themselves and where they put their theories into practice down to the smallest detail.

House Museums featured in this theme:

Publication date 20 September 2022