24 Feb 2022 – 7 Jul 2024
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
Detail van Ladderlabyrinth, 1967


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.

18 Mar 2023 – 2 Jul 2023
Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo
Kitty Maria-Still from Saw Mill Gdansk 1, 2021

Femina Ludens

How much space do we have left for play and experimentation in our largely automated lives where everything has to be done as efficiently as possible? What does the replacement of human labour by machines or computers mean for people and their environment? Inspired by Constant’s New Babylon and its Homo Ludens inhabitants, video and performance artist Kitty Maria (NL, 1992) explores these questions in her first museum solo exhibition Femina Ludens. In her work, Kitty Maria investigates this space for play, placing herself in companies to study production processes up close. Sometimes she takes part in them herself and at other times her presence provides a strange interruption to the daily routine.

The ‘Femina Ludens’ exhibition can be seen at Museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo from 18 March to 2 July 2023.

2 Jun 2023 – 8 Oct 2023
Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen
Fauna, 1949

Cobra 75: Freedom Without Borders

The exhibition Freedom without Borders. From Appel to Van Gogh is the highlight of the anniversary year, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the international Cobra movement (1948 – 1951)! A must-see for anyone interested in modern art and a unique opportunity to see these revolutionary and inspiring works up close.

Discover surprising combinations in this exhibition featuring 120 artworks by artists such as Klee, Picasso, Appel, Van Gogh, Constant, Miró, Ferlov, Beckmann, Alechinsky, Pollock, De Kooning, Basquiat, Corneille, Van der Gaag, Brown, Schwitters and Munch. 

2 Jul 2023 – 2 Jul 2023
Museum Van Bommel Van Dam
De Cimbalisten-events

A Celebration with Femina Ludens and De Cimbalisten

Sunday July 2 we celebrate at Museum Van Bommel Van Dam!

What’s the occasion you ask?

1. It’s you VERY last chance to see the beautiful exhibition Femina Ludens by artist Kitty Maria!
2. Dani and Vasile Luca — better known as De Cimbalisten — will play their musical program that includes work by Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Johan Sebastian Bach and Astor Piazzolla. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​3. Our director Kim van der Horst will give a talk about Constant, Music and the Roma influence on New Babylon.
4. We will present the first episode of Constant 1-on-1 the podcast!
5. Museum Van Bommel Van Dam will also host activities surrounding the Armando exhibition.

Tickets available through the website of Van Bommel Van Dam.
We will see you there!

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

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 New Communities showcases past and present ideas for alternative models of living together.