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Esmée Dros

Graphic designer Esmée Dros focuses on telling stories (that need to be told) in her work. She researches how to create connections between imagery and meaning. She works in various forms, from designing figures in different colours for publications, to designing forms of conversation. Esmée is curious by nature. She loves the sun, going to the market and working with people from different disciplines.


“As a Detour Guide, I like to use my design practice in order to create something small, together with visitors, so that they always go home with a self-made visual memory.”

MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio

MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio explores the archive of acclaimed architectural firm MVRDV. The exhibition is designed as a 'living' and active work enviroment to showcase the office as a place where ideas and projects move fluidly back and forth between present, past and future. 

This multimedia exhibition, on the institute's sixth floor, overlooks one of MVRDV's much-discussed recent designs – the new Depot Boijman Van Beuningen. Based on three recurring themes – green, human, and dream – the exhibition highlights more than 400 projects from the studio's ever-growing archive. In addition, Het Nieuwe Instituut offers insights into the firm's working methods with drawings, sketches, models and other archive materials.

19:00 – 20:00
English, Dutch
also this evening

The museum is free to visit from 5-9pm



Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


The Thursday Night Detour is free to join. Please report to the front desk at 6.55pm and inform the staff you would like to take part. Up to 15 visitors can join the Thursday Night Detour.


Thursday Night Detour

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 the guide. Every Detour is different. You might end up making a joint choreography or designing a space for insects.

Maureen Mooren & Rudy Guedj
Rudy Guedj
Jan Bijster
Tony Santos
Concrete Blossom
Eric Roelen & Rudy Guedj

In compiling the education programme, we draw on the rich range of knowledge and information arising from the various research programmes, exhibition projects and related activities of the institute.