Hartsuyker – visions on alternative housing
Following the example of the publication Mrs. de Architect and collaboration with editor-in-chief Merel Pit, Bureau Europa organises a lecture series within the framework of the exhibition Love in a mist — the architecture of fertility.
Curator at Het Nieuwe Instituut Eline de Graaf talks about the oeuvre of Luzia Hartsuyker-Curjel and her husband Enrico, who caused a furore in the architectural world during the Dutch reconstruction period with their radical designs. A delegation of the youngest generation of architects, Luca Simons (Artesk) and Omayra Mingels (SATIJNplus), will sit down to talk about their own inspirations and ambitions. This lecture is linked to the side exhibition Hartsuyker – visions on alternative housing, which can be seen at Bureau Europa from 12 June to 15 August.
The lecture will be filmed and later shared online on our channels. The lecture is on June 30, at 5.30 pm, but for a limited audience only — therefore reservation of a ticket is mandatory.
Enter New Babylon
A virtual reality that takes you to that elusive world of New Babylon, where daily work has been replaced by play and life resides in poetry. It is the home of the Homo Ludens created by Dutch painter Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920–2005) in the sixties. Young, activist spoken word artists and designers bring it to live in an interactive installation for Over het IJ Festival. Is it all that Constant dreamed of or has it turned into a nightmare?
Enter New Babylon is a co-production of Fondation Constant, Over het IJ Festival, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Poetry Circle Nowhere and Feikes Huis.
The Future can be Humane
Constant (Constant Nieuwenhuijs, 1920–2005) was not only an artist but also one of the intellectual driving forces behind the Cobra movement (1948–1951). As such, he can be seen as one of the leading co-founders. He became an artist who always dared to explore new paths, did not shy away from challenging collaborations and was above all convinced of the important role that creativity and art play in our society.
Artist Antonis Pittas has selected the works of Constant to be shown in this exhibition. With this selection he wants to emphasise the image of Constant as an artist with a undaunted belief in a better world, in which collectivity, peace and creativity would prevail. The selection of around 40 paintings and works on paper ranges from the childlike works from the Cobra era – in which the bird regularly returns as a symbol of freedom – to works in which Constant refers to change and even revolution. In addition to his long-term project New Babylon, in which he visualised the society of the future, a number of works from the period after New Babylon are also shown. This is the first time that the Cobra Museum focuses on this later period in Constant’s oeuvre. The culmination of the late works is the oil painting Les expulsés that Constant painted in 1999 in reaction to the Kosovo War.
New work by contemporary artists
The museum has invited Antonio Jose Guzman and Antonis Pittas (both live and work in Amsterdam) to respond to Constant’s oeuvre and ideas. These internationally renowned artists have made new work especially for the occasion.