La déclaration d’Amsterdam

1958

La déclaration d’Amsterdam (The Amsterdam Declaration) in Internationale Situationniste, nº 2, décembre 1958, p. 31-32. Republished in Internationale Situationniste 1958-1969, Amsterdam, van Gennep, 1970 and in Internationale Situationniste 1958-69, Paris, Éditions Champ Libre, 1975.

Nébulose Mécanique at the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, 1958

1958

Nébulose Mécanique at the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, circa 1958

Ons streven ligt in de leefsfeer

1958

This is the most far-reaching of Constant’s writings about urban design as an art form.

Photo of Ambiance d'une ville future by Jan Versnel

1958

Ambiance d'une ville future (1958), photographed by Jan Versnel in 1958.

One of the first models of Constant which is transformed in the model "Construction in orange", 1958.

Photo of detail of Yellow Sector by Bram Wisman I

1958

Detail of Gele sector (1958), photographed by Bram Wisman in 1958.

Photo of detail of Yellow Sector by Bram Wisman II

1958

Detail of Gele Sector (1958), photographed by Bram Wisman. 

Photo of detail of Yellow Sector by Jan Versnel

1958

Detail of Gele sector (1958), photographed by Jan Versnel in 1958. 

Photo of Sector Construction by Bram Wisman

1958

Sector constructie (1958-1961), photographed by Bram Wisman in 1958.

For some models—including this one—the year of production is a period, either because it is an estimation or because adjustments were made to the model later on. 

 

Sur nos moyens et nos perspectives

1958

Sur nos moyens et nos perspectives (On Our Means and Perspectives) in Internationale Situationniste, nº 2, December 1958, p. 23-27. Republished in Internationale Situationniste 1958-1969, Amsterdam, van Gennep, 1970 and in Internationale Situationniste 1958-69, Paris, Éditions Champ Libre, 1975.

Text for tape recording for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

1958

In this text Constant reflects on the current state of the arts.

Constant with Eva and Martha on his knee 1957

1957

Photo of Constant with his daughters Eva and Martha at Artis, Amsterdam ca 1957.                                                                        

NB: We do not have a version fit for print of this image

 

 

De eerste tekenen

1957

De eerste tekenen (The first signs) for “Phasen” exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, in Liga Bulletin, June 1957.
Phasen was a group exhibition with Shinkichi Tajiri and Anton Rooskens curated by Willem Sandberg.

Congres du mouvement pour un Bauhau imaginistes, 1956

1956

Congres du mouvement pour un Bauhau imaginistes, Alba 1956.
F.l.t.r. Wolman, Jorn, Constant, E. Verone, Gallizio, Sotsass, Piero Simondo.

Constant with his family in Milan, 1956

1956

Constant with his family in Milan, 1956.
F.l.t.r: Eva, Victor, Constant's second wife, Nellie Riemens, and Constant.

NB: Not available in high res!

Demain la poésie logera la vie

1956

Demain la poésie logera la vie (Tomorrow Life Resides in Poetry), lecture dated Paris, 19 August 1956, written as a lecture to be given at the Primo congresso mondiale degli artisti liberi (First World Congress of Free Artists), organized by Asger Jorn and Pinot Gallizio for Mouvement Internationale pour un Bauhaus Imaginiste contre un Bauhaus Imaginaire (M.I.B.I.), held in Alba (I), 2-8 September 1956.
Dutch title: In poezië zullen wij huizen.
The typed manuscript is in the Constant archive at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD).

Disclosure of ‘Pivotting Construction', 1956

1956

Disclosure of ‘Pivotting Construction'(destroyed), made for the municipal housing company in Amsterdam, 1956

Ettore Sottsas, Gil Wolman, Elena Verona, Asger Jorn and Constant, 1956

1956

Fltr: Ettore Sottsas, Gil Wolman, Elena Verona, Asger Jorn and Constant at restaurant Bruno during the congress Mouvement pour un Bauhaus imaginiste in Alba 1956.

Het technicisme

1956

This hitherto unpublished text by Constant probably dates from 1956. Thematically it has a strong affinity with ‘Tomorrow Life Will Reside in Poetry’ from the same year.