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Dit is de beste beeldende kunst van 2016

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

Congres van de Utopie, 2016

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

“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

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Mobiel ladderlabyrinth, 1967

Constant-Mobiel ladderlabyrinth, 1967


Joris Wijsmuller alderman city development, living, durability and culture uses Constant's New Babylon as an inspiration for his cultural policy for 2017-2020. Let's hope Den Haag will be better for it after 2020.


Constant Nieuwenhuys, Constructie met gekleurde vlakken, 1954

Constructie met gekleurde vlakken, 1954, Constant.  Plexiglas en zwart staal, 119,5 x 62 x 57,2 cm .  Collectie Fondation Constant, bruikleen Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Foto: © Peter Tijhuis / Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst


Robert van Altena speaks with Ludo van Halem, curator 20th century art Rijksmuseum about Constant and his New Babylon-project.
Language: Dutch
Time: 55 min
In response to the exhibitions:
Constant – New Babylon. Aan ons de vrijheid. in het Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Constant. Ruimte + Kleur. Van Cobra naar New Babylon in het Cobramuseum in Amstelveen.


Documentary about Constant's New Babylon from Omroep West.

Constant. Ruimte + kleur

Constant. Ruimte + kleur


It is always a little bit surreal when a big project sees the light. Wether it is in art, sports or any field. You work on something with hearth and soul, you put all your love, time and energy in it, you have a vision for it, you overcome hurdles and slippery slopes and then all of a sudden it’s there and it’s even more amazing than you expected.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Constructie met doorzichtige vlakken, 1954

Constant-Constructie with Transparent Planes, 1954 @MACBA Barcelona
Photo: Tom Haartsen


Over the last couple of years several international museums have aquired top pieces from Constant's oeuvre for their collection. We are happy and of course proud that the following museums have offered a new home to Constant's work so it can be seen and appreciated by more and more people:

2009 MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona) - Construction with Transparant Planes, 1954

Constant. Kunstenaar & visionair

Constant. Kunstenaar & visionair


After the openings of the exhibitions Constant. Ruimte + Kleur. Van Cobra tot New Babylon en Constant - New Babylon. Na ons de vrijheid at the Cobra museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag respectively 28 and 29 May the exhibitions, Constant, his work and his legacy have received some media attention.


In this month's edition (nr 4 2016) of the Museumtijdschrift - Kunst, Erfgoed & Design an article on Constant's New Babylon in anticipation of the exhibitions Constant. Space + Colour at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen and Constant - New Babylon at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag