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Beautiful lithograph from the New Babylon series by Constant. Year: 1963. Dimensions work: H40 x W75.5 cm. The total circulation was 60 pieces. The lithographs themselves were not signed. Only the cover page from the portfolio was signed by Constant and Simon Vinkenoog. See photo (this is not included).
Literature: Constant Chart: nr 42
The Kunstmuseum in The Hague has a permanent exhibition on Constant's New Babylon project. See also text below:
A world without borders. People who don't have to work, but are free to play and travel. Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920 – 2005) expressed his ideas about a new world in one of the most visionary and extensive visual art projects in post-war art history: New Babylon. To this day, and perhaps especially in today's society, a source of inspiration for many. The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag manages the vast majority of this project and has conducted extensive research into it. As a result, this summer the museum is presenting one of the largest ever exhibitions on this intriguing project that is central to Constant's oeuvre.
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Constant Nieuwenhuys, or Constant for short, was not only a prominent member of the CoBrA group, but is equally famous for New Babylon, an imaginative project on which he worked for almost twenty years. After the Second World War, he sees how everything has to be rebuilt and how society changes in the 1950s due to increasing automation. He turns out to be a true visionary and shows the outside world on the basis of models, constructions, geographical maps, paintings, drawings, watercolors, graphics, films, texts, lectures and temporary 'environments' what the new world will look like. The exhibition shows both the project itself and the development towards New Babylon.
In the eyes of Constant, man will develop into a 'homo ludens', a playful person, creative, free from work and free from borders. New living environments are being created above the existing cities, where everyone is free to go where they want. However, New Babylon as a form is not fixed, Constant only made suggestions for the way in which the new world could be organized. It is up to man to creatively shape New Babylon, depending on the needs that are there. “Everything must remain possible, everything must be allowed to happen, the environment is created by the activities of life and not the other way around”.
When purchasing, the work can be picked up in 's-Gravenzande (near The Hague).
(Scheveningen), Rotterdam and Delft and 5 minutes from the beach). The deadline for the
pick up, with advance payment, is very spacious, in other words the buyer can do the work for weeks or even
pick it up months later and if possible combine it with a visit to one of the
the above-mentioned towns or the beach. We can also ship the work. Our shipping days are Tuesday and Thursday.