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A series of painted interventions by artist and designer Job Wouters is on view until July 9. In these interventions he makes typographical and linguistic references to the programme of Het Nieuwe Instituut. For example, ‘Huis in een witte tutu’, the overarching name of the series, is an anagram of ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’.

In December 2014 Wouters added to the glass volume overlooking Museumpark a second, decorative skin in his white calligraphy. This painting on glass was on view until the end of January 2015.

Subsequently, he made a series of murals in the foyer of Het Nieuwe Instituut. During the opening on 20 December, he completed the first mural in this series of six, entitled ‘Kanariezaad Octet Violist’, which literally translates as ‘Canary Seed Octet Violinist’, and is an anagram for ‘Creativiteit als noodzaak’ (Creativity as Necessity). Job Wouters will work until May 10 in the foyer on the remaining works in his series of murals. The completion of the murals will coincide with a number of public events and will also be accompanied by music, dance and poetry in collaboration with young creatives from Rotterdam.

You can follow a visual report on the making of ‘Huis in een witte tutu’ online via Facebook.


Job Wouters (1980), better known as Letman, trained as a typographer. His hand-made and often colourful type designs play with the boundaries of illustration and graffiti. Since graduating in 2004, Wouters has gradually built up an international design practice and numbers among his clients Stussy, Nike, Duvel and the New York Times. In 2012, he and artist Gijs Frieling teamed up to design patterns for the fall collection by fashion designer Dries van Noten. In recent years Wouters has focused on typographic murals, which he has completed in, among other places, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Moscow. Now it is the turn of Rotterdam.