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Constant Nieuwenhuys-De oorlog I, 1950

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.

Rijskmuseum @Schiphol

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.

Art Review-October 2017

Both the Situationists International and Constant get a spot in the limelight in Art Review vol 69, no 7. McKenzie Wark dissects whether the Situationists are still relevant in his article 60 Years of Recuperation on page 74-79. Followed by an interview from 2003 with Constant by Mark Rappolt on page 80-85. Both articles flanked by beautiful images.

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, photo Kim van der Horst

After a lovely stroll through the wonderful exhibitions, Anton Heyboer and Art Deco Paris, at the Gemeentemuseum today I sneaked a peek at the museum's continuous collection exhibit Ontdek het moderne.

Manifesto, 2015

This weekend the Video installation Manifesto by Julian Rosenfeldt premieres at Cinema De Balie in Amsterdam. Cate Blanchet plays the lead in 13 different shorts which are each based on artist manifestos. One of the shorts is based on Constant's Manifesto for the Experimental Group  in 1948. Can you spot which one?
Whether the artist manifests are done justice by this portrayal remains to be seen but Cate Blanchet is for sure worth watching.


"A floating anarchist with megalomane characteristics"
Wim Pijbes and Winy Maas discuss Constant's New Babylon project during the build up of the exhibition Constant. New Babylon. To Us Liberty Gemeentemuseum Den Haag​ in 2016 in episode De Nieuwe Tijd in the series Panorama Pijbes on NTR. 00:20:50-00:32:53


The catalogue Constant. Space & Colour from the exhibition at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art gets a listing in the reading list of the Italian Architectural Magazine Casabella 869, Jan 2017 edition! 

Detail of Gele Sector

Most of last year's labour was out in the open and (luckily) very well received. We would now like to take the opportunity to present to you the less visible part of our labour. In 2016 Fondation Constant and Pixelstyle Webdiensten worked hard to create a more dynamic environment for the information stored on our website. In this news letter we will take you through the changes on our website. We hope you enjoy the new functionalites we added and hereby wish you happy surfing.

1. Ordering images

Entrance Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Entrance Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Photo by Remondo Lovisa


A song by Amber Arcades inspired by Constant and his New Babylon project and pictures of visitors of the exhibition Constant - New Babylon. Aan ons de vrijheid in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Constant's Dream
Album Fading Lines
Listen to the song Constant's Dream here
[Verse 1]
What do you want to see before you die?
The whole world, all the time

Cover Constant, avant le départ, 2005

Who still remembers the documentary, Constant, avant le départ? In 2005 the film makers, Maarten Schmidt and Thomas Doebele followed Constant during the last months of his life. The result, a touching record of an artist looking back on his life with no regrets. The film won a Gouden Kalf voor camera at the Dutch Film Festival and was well received at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2005 and the International Film Festival in Rotterdam in 2006.