1920

CONSTANT ANTON is born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as first son of Maria Cornelissen and Pieter Nieuwenhuijs.

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1922

Second son Jan is born, who would also become a painter and involved in the Experimentele Groep and CoBrA.

Constant en JanJan and Constant, around 1924.

1941

Moves to Bergen, North Holland.

1942

He marries Matie van Domselaer, daughter of composer Jakob van Domselaer and Maaike Middelkoop, in Bergen

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1943

Constant and Matie move to Amsterdam where they rent a studio at Sarphatipark 42, the same house where Piet Mondriaan lived from 1908-1911.

402 Piet Mondriaan 01Piet Mondriaan in his studio Sarphatipark 42, Amsterdam.

1944

Son Victor is born

1946

Daughter Martha is born.

C, V, M, MVictor, Constant, Matie, Martha.

1948

Daughter Olga is born

1949_1

Constant and his family stay in Denmark. Constant and Matie separate. Victor stays with Constant, while Martha and Olga stay with Matie.

C, V, M, M + OMartha, Matie, Olga, Victor, Constant.

 

1949_2

Constant takes part in the ‘Internationale Tentoonstelling van Experimentele Kunst’ (International Exhibition of Experimental Art) at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam

606045_aa62ddCoBrA painters in front of the Stedelijk Museum. 3rd from right: Constant. Utmost right: Victor.

Stedelijk MuseumConstant with his works in the Stedelijk Museum.               photo: de Jong.

1950_1

Constant moves to Paris with Victor, together with Karel Appel and Corneille.

 

1950_2

Moves to an attic room in Rue Pigalle 57 in Paris. Lives there with Victor.

Huurcontract PigalleConstant’s lease for the rue Pigalle, 57.

1951

Constant marries Nellie Riemens.

C en Nellie

1951

Daughter Eva is born.

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1956

Constant takes part in a group exhibition at the XXVIII Venice Biennale, together with Bart van der Leck and André Volten.

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1961

Constant marries Nel Kerkhoven

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1966

Constant represents the Netherlands at the XXXIII Biennale of Venice and is awarded with the “Premio Cardazzo”.

Foto_Bienale_1966Constant in front of the dutch pavillion with his works.

 

1967

Constant publishes a series of selected articles and speeches, titled “Revolt of the Homo Ludens(Op­stand van de Homo Ludens).

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German translation: “Spielen oder Töten”.boek009-crop

1985

Constant engages with Adèle van Rijckevorsel

1979 De Verloofden. Constant en Adèle van Rijckevorsel met wie Constant van 1979 tot rond 1994 een latrelatie onderhield. copy Around 1985 in Munich.

1997

He meets T. van der Horst and soon after marries her.

2001

Constant has a big retrospective exhibition in Musée Picasso in Antibes, South of France.

2002

Invited by Documenta 11, Constant’s New Babylon gets an honorary position.

Documenta

2005

Death of Constant.

Constant opgebaardConstant lying in state in his   studio in Amsterdam.

© photo: Victor Nieuwenhuijs


2015

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