NOW! - Workshop February, 2021

picture: RAvB

IABR temporarily closed

What we do not know, is how long the current strict lockdown measures will be in place.
It's not looking good, but hopefully, for all of us, infection rates will drop and measures can be eased again in April.

Partner Exhibitions
Our intention had been to start 2021 with two partner exhibitions, METEOPOLIS in January, and NOW! In February. Those plans were canceled because of the pandemic.


picture: George Brugmans

METEOPOLIS had already been set up, but could only be visited virtually. And a visit is still possible: for more information and a link to the virtual tour, click here.

If in April we are allowed to open the doors again, we will yet present the exhibition NOW! in the Keilezaal, starting 2 April 2021. So please check our website and agenda regularly, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on twitter and instagram.

NOW! Designing in times of climate crisis
IABR–DOWN TO EARTH asks the question: Where can we land?
In response to this, the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design (RAVB) and the Graphic Design (BA) and Non Linear Narrative (MA) departments of the Royal Academy of Visual Arts (KABK) dedicated their education programs in the autumn of 2020 to an exploration of how designers can relate to the climate crisis and what action they can take.

NOW! - workshop February 2021

picture: RAvB

How can we design our lives and our living environment in such a way that the future is sustainable? How do we deal with the shortcomings of "modernity as a project"? What values should we embrace and what should we say goodbye to?
In a three day workshop at the end of February, a group of students from the KABK and the RAVB curated the exhibition NOW! Designing in Times of Climate Crisis, an exhibition with contributions from almost 150 students specially made for the Keilezaal.

More information will follow soon.

picture: Melany van Twuijver

DOWN TO EARTH is a biennale in times of pandemic – an anti-biennale. Instead of compressing a multitude of activities – concentrating them in time and place, inviting as many people as possible, from far and wide, through the same door – we will unfold the program over time. A biennale true to form is simply not possible under the current atypical circumstances.
From September 2020 until the summer of 2021, the IABR will present a series of relatively small exhibitions and other activities. We will also find safe ways to organise a limited number of events, such as work sessions and lectures.

Read the introduction to DOWN TO EARTH by chief curator George Brugmans here

Read more about DROUGHT IN THE DELTA, the first exhibition of DOWN TO EARTH, here

Read more about WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY?, the second exhibition of DOWN TO EARTH, here


picture: Aad Hoogendoorn

Because of the pandemic, all plans and dates are subject to change. So, check our website and agenda regularly, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on twitter and instagram

Crucially however, make sure to stay healthy, safe and sane!