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F.l.t.r: Eliane Odding, Kim van der Horst and Freek Dijkstra

F.l.t.r: Eliane Odding, Kim van der Horst and Freek Dijkstra


Today after months of hard work we reached a new milestone in the Library Documentation Project! We finished all bookshelves in Constants library.

We still have to do some odd loose books here and there, some books that have been stored in Utrecht and some archive pieces . Then we are ready to start moving the library. We take it step by step but today we celebrate with cake from Patisserie Holtkamp.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Man met baret, 1980

Man met baret, watercolor, 1980


An everlasting work-in-progress is how you can best describe our website | Constant Catalogue Raisonné | Knowledge Center.

We recently added a few new features:
1. General search button (this feature has been active for a while actually)

Lion's skull Photo Kim van der Horst

With the plans in the making for several years now, this year we have officially entered the realm of saying goodbye to Constants house. Shelfs with books, letters and folders, paint and brushes are being documented for future research in preparation for their journey to new owners, a new location, a recycling center or the dump.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-L'inondation, 1995

Constant | L'inondation, 1995


On seeing Constant's painting L'inondation one of our visitors pointed out a striking resemblance to the painting The Dog by Goya. Both painters were in their mid seventies when they painted these dogs who are obviously in distress.

In Memoriam of Derk Wiersum


Last month Constant's work was used in two publications that touched us for different reasons.

Miriam Windhausen. Foto: Jantien De Bruin

Miriam Windhausen. Foto: Jantien De Bruin


It's always flattering when people notice your work. Of course in our case our work is in service of Constants work, which obviously gets noticed now and then and that suits us just fine. But that one moment that not just his work but our work gets mentioned it is fun nevertheless.

A short article by Miriam Windhausen about her research into Artist Estates: ‘Wat bewaar ik wel en niet? Stel die vraag al op de kunstacademie!’

Robert van Altena

Robert van Altena


Last week we shared our plans for Constant 1 0 1. We are happy and proud to announce the Advisory Board of the project. From now till the roll-out of the project they will reflect on the plans and content from their field of expertise.
Without further ado:

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Gezicht op New Babylonische sectoren, 1971

Gezicht op New Babylonische sectoren, 1971


For a while we have been thinking about a way to celebrate the fact that next year it will be 100 years ago since Constant was born. How do you celebrate the life of an artist, whose work still resonates so freely with the world we live in today? Figuring out the answer to this question was a lively journey that I, Kim van der Horst, made, joined by curator, Zippora Elders.


Every year Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and BankGiro Loterij award the Museumpijs to a museum with a stellar performance in that category. This year the category is most public-friendly museum and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam is amongst the three nominees. The other two museums are Museum Rotterdam and het Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven.

Film poster Play Time, 1967

All though nowhere on Wikipedia it says that the movie Playtime by French filmmaker Jacques Tati refers to Constant's New Babylon project, the film poster does bear a close resemblance to several of Constant's constructions and drawings of New Babylon.