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With a valediction called Beginning and the End. About striving for a better grip on life university last Friday professor and member of the board of Fondation Constant, Paul Schnabel, said farewell to Utrecht University, where he was professor since 1986. For the special contribution he made to Utrecht University over his long career Paul Schnabel was awarded the silver medal. In the beautiful ancient university aula next to the Domtower in Utrecht we celebrated his new life phase.
On a Saturday afternoon my brother, my niece and I walked through the Gemeentemuseum. In every room my niece would pick one piece that was her favourite. And we would take note of this for future birthday gifts. Attracted by the bright pink objects (her favourite colour) she ran into the Sam Samiee installation with the beautiful title De Liefde raakte ontheemd, het verstand ernaar op zoek (Love became displaced, the mind in search of it).
Room 419: Drifts and Camps: On Situationist Utopian Urbanism-1
July 2017 room 419, titled Drifts and Camps: On Situationist Utopian Urbanism was inaugurated in the context of the permanent collection (Collection 2) of Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. In this room Constant’s work acquires an important role and is displayed in dialogue with the works of other artists such as Asger Jorn, Pinot Gallizio, or Piero Simondo.
Constructie met doorzichtige vlakken, 1954
Construction aux plans transparents (Constructie met doorzichtige vlakken) by Constant will be shown at the next presentation of the MACBA Collection, which will open its doors next October 4 2018.
Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photos: Daria Scagliola
With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the Dutch contribution the the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice. The exhibition is curated by architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier and addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.
Last week a promising experiment started that the foundation and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag are both very excited about. Dennis Molema, master at Frank Mohr Institute has started to make a 3D film of the construction Grote Gele Sector, 1967. For two days he and his partner Lotte Dijkstra worked in the photo lab of Alice de Groot at the Gemeentemuseum to create the first scans.
Adèle, 1980 photo: Max Koot
December 1st 2017 Adèle van Rijckevorsel passed away at 96 years of age in her home in The Hague.
She was a dear friend of Constant and they were in a relationship from about 1979 till 1991. Had she accepted his proposal, she would have been his wife.
Adèle was an important influence on Constant and his work. She worked relentlessly to promote his work, organize exhibitions at her house and mediated numerous sales of his work to her network. She was one of his personal advisors till his passing in 2005.
How can you create art with the history of your collection? This might be the question that the staff of Museum Van Abbe in Eindhoven asked itself. The result is a room with three walls covered with a beautiful pattern showing all the works the museum loaned out over the last 25 years organised according to the year they were aquired. The empty spaces on the wall are symbolic of the works in the collection that have not been loaned out.
The Rijksmuseum is back at the Holland Boulevard at Schiphol airport and to celebrate that they had the highlights of the collection pass tourist by on the luggage belts for a week in September. Constant's Ruimtecircus, 1956, was amongst them.
Schiphol is the only airport in the world that has original 17th century art at the terminal. You can find the Holland Boulevard on the first floor between lounge 2 and 3 after security. The exhibition is free, open 24/7 and can be entered from two sides.