Constant

(The Netherlands, 1920-2005)

Constant, New Babylon, 1963 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Painter and architect, Constant Nieuwenhuys, known as Constant, was also the author of several artist books (Voor een Spatiaal Colorisme, with Aldo Van Eyck; New Babylon, 1963), numerous manifestos (La cause était entendue, – The cause was heard – 1948, with Christian Dotremont, Eph Noiret, Corneille, Karel Appel and Asger Jorn; De la collaboration à l’unité des arts plastiques, – From collaboration to unity of the visual arts – 1955) as well as articles in the magazine, L’Internationale Situationniste. His work has been shown at several historic exhibitions (Mobile Architecture, Amsterdam, 1962) and retrospectives (Witte de With, Rotterdam, 1998; Documenta in Kassel, 2002; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 2005).

New Babylon was the subject of numerous publications and international colloquia (The Value of Dreaming the City of Tomorrow, Technische Universiteit Delft, 2000). Most models of the project are now kept in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

More information on Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s website.

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