Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Director Aric Chen on Leading the Dutch National Museum and Becoming the World’s First ‘Zoöp’

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So much of the art world orbits around questions of value, not only in terms of appraisals and price tags, but also: What is worthy of your time in These Times, as well as your energy, your attention, and yes, your hard-earned cash?

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Aric Chen knows a thing or two about culture—he’s defined a career at the nexus of architecture, design, and digital worlds. Two years ago, Chen became director of Rotterdam’s esteemed Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI), famed for its critically rigorous and avant-garde design-focused presentations. This month, HNI will open “Workwear,” an exhibition that explores the transformation of functional laborers’s clothing into fashion symbols seen on runways and metropolitan centers alike.

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