24 Nov 2023 – 17 Mar 2024
Location
Museum Folkwang, Essen (DE)
Constant Nieuwenhuys-Ladderlabyrinth-1, 1967

We Is Future: Visions of New Communities

Our current outlook on life is coloured by the prospect of losing the world such as we now know it. Not only are demands for fundamental changes becoming increasingly vociferous they are being made by a wide variety of actors. What new ideas do we need for the future? And how can we rethink what seems to be inevitable? Against the backdrop of this current state of affairs, the exhibition We Is Future: Visions of New Communities showcases past and present ideas for alternative models of living together.

28 Nov 2023 – 31 Dec 2023
Location
Spectrum Design, Eindhoven
Spectrum Design Accessoires 2022-2

Spectrum Accessoires Collection

The Spectrum Accessories Collection is available now! The new collection by Spectrum Design is a reissue of four classic, timeless designs from world-renowned designers Constant Nieuwenhuys, Benno Premsela and Friso Kramer in a fresh colour scheme, with art direction by Studio RENS. The collection highlights the solid value of leading design and celebrates the essence of functionality, ingenuity and attention to detail. An ode to the object.

29 Nov 2023 – 7 Jul 2024
Location
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
Detail van Ladderlabyrinth, 1967

RoXY

On 21 June 1999, artist Peter Giele was transported by boat along the Amstel to his grave. A colourful floating parade accompanied the open coffin in which Giele lay, with a crowbar on his chest. Later that day, the legendary Roxy club was in flames.

The presentation, RoXY is part of the project Ontwerp van het sociale (Design of the social) at Het Nieuwe Instituut. With RoXY curator Juha van ‘t Zelfde links Constant’s New Babylon to the club culture in Amsterdam in the nineties as embodied by RoXY.

30 Nov 2023 – 31 Dec 2023
Location
Spotify
Podcast, episode 1-calendar

Visionary: episode one of Constant 1-on-1 the podcast

The very first episode of Constant 1-on-1 The podcast is online now on Spotify or whereever you listen to podcasts! This four-episode series dives into Constant’s practice as an artist, his life and the context in which he operated and built his oeuvre. Ans Boersma and Thijs van Elten dig into the archive and question friends, art historians and contemporary artists about the relevance of a legacy like Constant’s in today’s world.

Constant was an artist who was strongly driven by social engagement and experiment, resulting in a body of work that is wildly varying in its outward appearance. The diversity in his body of work makes him less recognisable to a larger public than some of his contemporaries, like Karel Appel and Piet Mondriaan. Curators and critics recognise Constant as a great artist, but with the public he remains somewhat unknown. Exceedingly headstrong: Constant did not follow trends but created his own path. A visionary.

This podcast allows you to get to know him, or know him better. Because even more than 100 years after his birth, he still has a message for you.

Interviewees

This first episode serves as an introduction to Constant. It covers WWII, the Cobra group, Constant’s theories and ideas, his personality and the artistic turning point into New Babylon, as we speak to the following four people who knew him well, personally or through his work – or both.

Laura Stamps: curator
of Modern and Contemporary Art at Kunstmuseum The Hague
Willemijn Stokvis: art historian and Cobra expert
Ronald Tolman: artist and friend of Constant
Ludo van Halem: curator of 20th Century Art at Rijksmuseum

1 Dec 2023 – 31 Dec 2023
Location
Spotify
Podcast, episode 2-calendar

Designer: episode two of Constant 1-on-1 the podcast

The second episode of Constant 1-on-1 The podcast is online now on Spotify or where ever you listen to podcasts! This four-episode series dives into Constant’s practice as an artist, his life and the context in which he operated and built his oeuvre. Ans Boersma and Thijs van Elten dig into the archive and question friends, art historians and contemporary artists about the relevance of a legacy like Constant’s in today’s world.

The first episode of Constant 1-on-1, Visionary, gave an introduction to Constant development as an artist until Cobra, we leave him at the beginning of the Fifties. In episode 2, Designer, we pick up where we left off: 1952, after Cobra. Constant is looking around him a wondering how different art forms can be synthesized to have a more pronounced and positive influence on the world we live in. His quest will lead him through a labyrinth of interesting collaborations and networks and eventually to the development of New Babylon. New Babylon, Constant’s design for the world wide city of the future, was inspired by the nomadic lifestyle of the Roma and Sinti people.

Interviewees

In this episode of the series, we explore how it all began and what he envisioned it to look like, by speaking to the following people:

Floris Alkemade: architect and former government architect
Laura Stamps: curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Kunstmuseum The Hague
Willemijn Stokvis: art historian and Cobra expert
Ronald Tolman: artist and friend of Constant
Ludo van Halem: curator of 20th Century Art at Rijksmuseum

2 Dec 2023 – 31 Dec 2023
Location
Spotify
Podcast, episode 3-calendar

Homo Ludens: episode three of Constant 1-on-1 the podcast

This four-episode series dives into Constant’s practice as an artist, his life and the context in which he operated and built his oeuvre. Ans Boersma and Thijs van Elten dig into the archive and question friends, art historians and contemporary artists about the relevance of a legacy like Constant’s in today’s world. Listen here or find Constant 1-on-1 The podcast on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

In the psecond episode we explored Constant’s New Babylon project, which he worked on from 1956 till 1974. In episode three we have arrived in the seventies and explore the idea of the Homo Ludens, the playing man. It asks the question: In what ways was Constant a homo ludens in his personality and practice, and in what ways was he not?

“Homo ludens” was a term coined by Dutch cultural historian Johan Huizinga, who, with the publication of his book Homo Ludens, a Study of the Play-Element in Culture in 1938, made an influential contribution to the field of play theory. Inspired by Huizinga, who wrote extensively on the importance of the play element of culture and how play was a necessity in generating culture, Constant created New Babylon: a city in which its inhabitants would no longer have to work and instead could spend all their time on playing and creative expression.

Interviewees

In this episode, we dive deeper into the social commentary he aimed to make with his art, as well as his love for making music, we hear from the following people:

Laura Stamps: curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Kunstmuseum The Hague
Ronald Tolman: artist and friend of Constant
Alex Timmerman: musician and friend of Constant
Floris Alkemade: architect and former government architect

3 Dec 2023 – 31 Dec 2023
Location
Spotify
Podcast Dreamer

Dreamer: episode four of Constant 1-on-1 the podcast

This four-episode series dives into Constant’s practice as an artist, his life and the context in which he operated and built his oeuvre. Ans Boersma and Thijs van Elten dig into the archive and question friends, art historians and contemporary artists about the relevance of a legacy like Constant’s in today’s world. Listen here or find Constant 1-on-1 The podcast on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

In episode three we have explored in which ways Constant himself was a homo ludens and what role music played in his life (and work). In this last episode we pick up the story mid seventies. Constant has concluded his New Babylon project and has started painting again. He is looking for new inspiration and finds it with the old masters. He meets Fanny Kelk and she inspires him on this new path. In this episode we look at how Constant’s art changed and what led him to these changes? And we touch on the big question that every artist asks themselves at the end of their life: is my life’s work finished?

Interviewees

This episode investigates what Constant’s influence is on artists and architects today. What can we learn from Constant today, and how do his ideals and vision help us with problems and challenges that society faces? Episode four features contemporary artists and architects, curators and people who knew Constant during these last years.

Kim van der Horst: director at Fondation Constant
Laura Stamps: curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Floris Alkemade: architect and former government architect
Ludo van Halem: curator of 20th Century Art at Rijksmuseum
Antonis Pittas: artist
Alex Timmerman: musician and friend of Constant