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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.


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. 

Photo: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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

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.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Constructie met doorzichtige vlakken, 1954

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.

Photo Daria Scagliola

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.

Photo: Kim van der Horst

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

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.