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Constant. Space + colour
From Cobra to New Babylon
2016

Catalogue of the exhibition Constant. Ruimte + Kleur at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen, May 28-September 25, 2016.
This publication sheds light on an important period in Constant's artistic practice, the period between the end of the CoBrA group and the start of his New Babylon project. As an artist in the fifties Constant sought new means to contribute to the reconstruction of society after the devastation of the Second World War. Important developments in urban development and technology were reflected in his work. Constant saw possibilities for intensive collaboration between visual artists and architects in the spatial effect that colors have. His ideal was a merging of different disciplines into a new art form that would occupy itself with the entire human living space (habitat). He explored new fields and media and also attempted to redefine his position as an artist by entering into collaborations with different artists and designers.
Together with Gerrit Rietveld he worked on a model interior exhibited at the manifestation Color Harmony in Your Home in the Bijenkorf in 1954. With Aldo van Eyck he worked on A Space in Color on the occasion of the exhibition Man and House in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1952. Together with the American experimental filmmaker Hy Hirsh, Constant made the film Gyromorphosis (1958), shown at his first solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1959.

€ 27.95

    Editor

    Ludo van Halem | Trudy Nieuwenhuys-van der Horst

    Author(s)

    Ludo van Halem
    Laura Stamps
    Trudy van der Horst
    Preface: Katja Weitering & Els Ottenhof

    Publisher

    nai010 publishers

    ISBN

    9789462083011

    Language

    English

    Type

    Catalog
    Work Page Number Catalogue nr Year work Year publication
    Title Year
    Constant. Ruimte + kleur 2016
    Title Type Year
    Artful Volumes: Constant: Space + Color Article 2017
    Casabella 869 Article 2017
    De dialektiek van het experiment Text by Constant 1965
    Der Weg zum unitären Urbanismus Text by Constant 1960
    Ons streven ligt in de leefsfeer Text by Constant 1958
    Text for tape recording for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Text by Constant 1958
    Demain la poésie logera la vie Text by Constant 1956
    Het technicisme Text by Constant 1956
    Kunst en leefruimte Text by Constant 1955
    Van samenwerking naar absolute eenheid van de plastische kunsten Text by Constant 1955
    Spatiaal colorisme Text by Constant 1952
    Begeerte heeft ons aangeraakt Text by Constant 1949