The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía present an exhibition dedicated to the figure of the Dutch artist Constant (Constant Anton Nieuwenhys, Amsterdam, 1920 – Utrecht, 2005). Under the title of New Babylon, the show focuses above all on the artist's most emblematic project, his concept of the city of the future. For nearly twenty years (1956-1974), Constant made models, paintings, drawings and collages that showed his idea of the planning of this new city, a large and complex labyrinth that transformed the world into a single network. The land would be collectively owned, work would be automated and carried out by robots, and people would be free to devote their time to creative play.
The exhibition, for which the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has lent 65 works, and which has been organized in collaboration with the Fondation Constant and the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), is intended to increase public knowledge of this project, which has aroused growing interest among artists, architects and curators in recent years.
DATES: October 20, 2015 – February 29, 2016
PLACE: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Sabatini Building. Floor 1
ORGANIZED BY: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía
COLLABORATORS: Fondation Constant and RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History)
CURATED BY: Laura Stamps and Doede Hardeman
The section Flamencos, Gypsies, Romanies: The New Babylonians has been curated by Rosario Peiró and Pedro G. Romero
COORDINATION: Belén Díaz de Rábago and Beatriz Jordana
SPONSORS: Mondriaan Fund and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands