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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
PANORAMA PIJBES-DE NIEUWE TIJD
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
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.
Album Fading Lines
Listen to the song Constant's Dream here
What do you want to see before you die?
The whole world, all the time
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.
Every year the art reviewers of NRC make a list of their top 5 of best art works, buildings, photography and design of 2016. The exhibition Constant. Space + kleur was listed twice, once in the top 5 of Sandra Smets and once by Hans den Hartog Jager. Amongst others the exhibition is listed with the exhibitions Jean Tinguely, Machinespektakel, Hercules Segers and Bridget Riley.
We enjoy nothing more than to see Constant's work inspire other artists. On November 5th Lara and Jonas Staal organise Congres van de Utopie in Frascati. Jonas Staal together with architect Paul Kuipers developed an installation inspired by Constant's Ambiance de départ.
The conference will be in Dutch, see information here:
Lara Staal en Jonas Staal i.s.m. Menno Grootveld en Merijn Oudenampsen
“Playful Stairs,” a 1968 artwork by Constant Nieuwenhuys. Credit 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/c/o Pictoright Amsterdam, photograph by Tom Haaartsen
In the last few weeks of the exhibitions Constant. Ruimte + Kleur at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art and Constant - New Babylon at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag the New York Times took notice and Nina Siegel wrote a review of both exhibitions!
Needless to say we we're a little bit excited about this!
Read The New York Times article here: Exploring the Transition in Constant's Work