“Making music into something which we can read with our eyes. To create from sound something which can be recognised. Beauty is something which can be seen and music can touch the heart.” Said by Dani when he saw the paintings from Constant.
Constant’s own cimbalom will be used in the program. It is an homage to Constant’s passion for music and what the music meant in his personal life and what gave inspiration for his work as an artist.
Music was his first love*
Constant Nieuwenhuys is best known as a visual artist and co-founder of CoBrA. Howvere, in addition, Constant also played the violin, guitar and cymbalom. He played the violin since the age of three and learned to play his mothers mandolin as a child and the guitar as a youngster. After gouging in his hand he was no longer able to play the violin. Nevertheless, when he was fourty he learned to play the cymbalom from Jenö Horvath.
Music was part of Constant’s daily routine, dominated his social life and populated his work. During his life, he collected 36 instruments, including harps, cymbals, guitars, violins, mandolins, lutes and a sitar. He also traded his work for instruments with other musicians, as well as with the Haags Gemeentemuseum (now Kunstmuseum Den Haag).
*Reference to the song Music was my first love by John Miles in 1976.