De Constructing Capital


As we look upon New Babylon today, at the close of our century, it is to experience another world, where surprise and the pleasure of eyes interweave with numerous questions, insights, and speculations. New Babylon was the focus of constant Nieuwenhuys’s activity from 1956 to 1974. These very concrete dates encompass the creation of paintings, drawings, collages, lithographs, scale models, and texts, forming the corpus that we now rediscover at Wittie
de With, center for contemporary art. This rediscovery is motivated by a critical approach to the present, seeking to avoid a merely historical description of events from the past which, although recent, is nonetheless charged with significant cant paradoxes.

These images are inspired by paintings of The New Babylon using 3d rendering and photography as mix media to construct hyper-real environments.