Ferrotopia, the latest art installation by Atelier Van Lieshout, opening at the NDSM-werf on Wednesday 25th April at 19:00h, is an ode to steel and bygone industries that explores new forms of manufacturing in a “circular economy”.
Ferrotopia is a Gesamkunstwerk – a large-scale public project made up of four buildings: Domestikator, Drop Hammer House, Happy Industry and Refectory. Its totem is the iconic Domestikator, a monumental structure that depicts humankind’s domination of nature. Domestikator drew international attention as a hub for the Ruhr Triennial, but its fame exploded with the controversy it caused when the work was invited to be exhibited outside the Louvre, was censored and then adopted by the Centre Pompidou. The work was retrofitted as a pavilion for freedom of expression, hosting a series of screenings, discussions and international debate. In Amsterdam, Domestikator will be joined by the atmospheric Refectory, the Happy Industry Foundry – a functioning metal workshop, and the purpose-built Drop Hammer House, created specifically for the NDSM to represent destruction, recycling and production in a circular economy.
The overview catalogue by NAi publishers, offering a compendium of works by Atelier Van Lieshout from the period 1995 – 2007
New Tribal Labyrinth, a series of objects for imaginary tribes, offers a survey of works from the eponymous project by Atelier Van Lieshout, and was published by Frame to accompany an exhibition at GRIMM Gallery in 2011.
SlaveCity is a functional city state populated by workers whose every function is calculated to maximize profits and minimize waste. The project was subject of an overview catalogue which accompanied the eponymous exhibition at the Folkwang Museum Essen in 2008.
The Manual offers a survey of the early works of Joep van Lieshout, including manuals which offer an insight in the creative process behind the artworks.
Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein)
Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by enfant terrible and sculptor Joep van Lieshout. After graduating at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Van Lieshout quickly rose to fame with projects that travelled between the world of easy-clean design and the non-functional area of art: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias.
In 1995, Van Lieshout founded his studio and has been working solely under the studio’s name ever since. The studio moniker exists in Van Lieshout’s practice as a methodology toward undermining the myth of the artistic genius. Over the past three decades, Van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture. By investigating the thin line between manufacturing art and mass-producing functional objects, he seeks to find the boundaries between fantasy and function, between fertility and destruction.
With this body of work, comprising both autonomous and commissioned artworks, he has gained a strong international reputation.
Gartenschau, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
28 April 2017 – 30 September 2018
The collection as time machine, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Opening 24 June 2017
Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July – extended until June 2018
Punk + Dans + Kunst, Schunck, Heerlen, the Netherlands
27 January – 13 May 2018
Lust for Life Lamps, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK
1 February – 11 May 2018
Chapultepec, Mexico D.C., Mexico, in collaboration with Design Week Mexico and Galería OMR
5 – 6 March 2018
Nothing New, with Lensvelt, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
16 April – 22 April 2018
A Life Extraordinary, with Moooi, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
16 April – 22 April 2018
Ferrotopia, NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam,. The Netherlands
May 2018 – November 2018
Willem Twee, ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
16 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Two new hard-core design products and a selection of sculptures by Atelier Van Lieshout will feature in two curated exhibitions taking place during the 2018 edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan from 16 to 22 April 2018.
Known for his immense and visionary projects that move between visual art, sculpture and “easy-clean design”, Van Lieshout bends all the rules. A sculptor, designer, architect and rebel, he fuses fiction with function, playing with the law by subverting it and creating his own solutions, creating new systems and machinery. Humour and lifestyle form an integral part of Van Lieshout’s work with his inventive “inhabitable” sculptures that bring together functionality and aesthetics in public and private places.
Initiated by Anne van der Zwaag and curated by Maarten Spruyt, the exhibition ‘Nothing New’ is nothing short of spectacular. In a world that really, really doesn’t need another new chair, Lensvelt bought back selection of his own company’s ubiquitous desks and office chairs, second hand on the Dutch website Marktplaats/Ebay/1st Dibs. The used office furniture is combined with, amongst others, an ensemble of Van Lieshout’s kinetic sculptures and Shell Shock Syndrome by Felix Burger, a former AVL Mundo resident.
Moooi travels back to via Savona 56, showcasing a universe of mystical worlds and points of view inspired by the extraordinary diversity of life. It’s a real voyage of discovery! Atelier Van Lieshout’s Liberty Lounger is part of this year’s presentation of Moooi. The first prototype of the Liberty Lounger was created for one of Van Lieshout’s large-scale utopian installations the Blastfurnace.
On the 1st February, the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London will launch a solo-exhibition with functional sculptures by Atelier Van Lieshout. These works, a series of various lamps, are part of the CryptoFuturism series.
“Lust for Life Lamps is about enjoying life and embracing every part of it. Whether it is life, death, dancing, getting old, contemplating or reproducing, all of those things are essential parts of human life. And of course, it is about having lust all your life.”
– Joep van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout’s first video work Cage is currently on display as part of the exhibition PUNK+DANS+KUNST (Punk, dance and art) at SCHUNCK*. The exhibition presents the subversive creativity and the physical, ironic language used in Hail reflected in the work of contemporaries of Michael Clark and Charles Atlas’s day, as well as among modern-day artists active in visual art and dance, music and pop culture, with their rebellious expressions. Some of the angry movements are timeless. Guest curator and choreographer Karin Post has put together a modern-day collage of movement, image and sound, which traces the influence of punk sub-culture and its ‘angry movements’ in dance and visual art.
Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
7 – 9 pm
With Ingrid van der Heijden, Joep van Lieshout, Arjen Oosterman, and Marga Weimans
As a contemporary form of commercialized nostalgia, souvenirs are the ultimate cliche in the representation of a city. Pocket-sized, acritical, and cheap, they populate tourist sites all over the world with a patina of innocence.
Souvenirs produce collective imaginaries made up of lines that follow the profiles of superlative sculptures, buildings, and stories. They have become the reference points that anchor a particular culture in time, representing (consciously or not) political, cultural, and social values.
Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City is organized as part of Storefront’s current exhibition, Souvenirs: New New York Icons. The event invites an international group of architects, designers, photographers, curators, and researchers to reflect upon the objects and imaginaries that define the global city. Participants will reimagine the icons of the city, and will present manifestos for new “souvenirs for an ideal city” in an effort to explore the concept of iconography and what icons mean for the city today.
About the Manifesto Series:
”To launch a manifesto you have to want: A, B & C, and fulminate against 1, 2 & 3. Work yourself up and sharpen your wings…” -Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto (1918)
The Manifesto Series is one of the Storefron’s ongoing event series formats. It seeks to encourage the formulation of positions and instigate spirited discussion and exchange in a dynamic and polemical context. The format therefore differs from that of other talks and presentations. Rather than putting forth a synthetic lecture or a series of projects, participants are invited to deliver a concise, point-by-point manifesto, with the hope that their positions will provide the grounds for discussion to test various hypotheses in real time.
Attendance and Seating:
All Storefront events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with priority seating available for members of Storefront. If you are a member and would like to reserve a seat, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and FIAC are proud to present Domestikator at the Centre Pompidou!
Please join us for the opening event on Thursday the 19th October:
6PM – 9PM: reception and cocktail
7 PM: artist talk by Joep van Lieshout
9PM – 11PM: Cocktail reception at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 54 rue de la Verrerie 75004
The artwork will host an ongoing series of impromptu discussions, performances and screenings. This Salon will be inaugurated with a discussion between friends and artists Xavier Veilhan and Joep van Lieshout, on Thursday 19th October at 11 AM
After the Musée du Louvre decided the sculpture was too provocative for the Jardin de Tuilleries, the artwork will now be installed at the square next to the Fontaine Stravinsky.
Joep van Lieshout: “I’m very pleased that the Centre Pompidou was able to see beyond the sensationalized interpretations of this work, and offered to present it during FIAC. By exhibiting this work, the institution is not only allowing the public to properly experience its artistic and intrinsic values, but it also opens up a broader discussion about the current challenges and complexities in the relationships between artists, institutions, public, and press – and their subsequent impact on artistic freedom.
Domestikator was always intended to be a catalyst for thought, as it addresses the very serious issue of how humans employ technology – with ingenuity, creativity, sophistication and persistence – to change the world into a “better” place, often domesticating it in the process. In order to push the boundaries of human experience and longevity, we have developed new technologies, like artificial intelligence, genetic manipulation, robotics and industrial farming, which push our ethical borders, without any real understanding of the long term consequences.
I am pleased that visitors to the Pompidou will have the opportunity to experience this work and hope that it generates questions and dialogue around the complexity of the issue of domestication – particularly its inherent hypocrisy, and the disconcerting fact that we are still without any real policy or regulation to govern this increasingly intrepid behavior.
Now, in addition to these meanings, the installation has inadvertently become a catalyst for a conversation about the freedom of expression, which is an urgent topic today. I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude to FIAC, Centre Pompidou, Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery, the city of Paris and my studio team for making this installation possible, and to the public who took to various platforms to voice their opposition to its censorship. I’m truly grateful for everyone’s support.”
A public program will take place around the Domestikator, please check this site or facebook for regular updates!
Atelier Van Lieshout is proud to be part of the opening exhibition of the new Centro Arte e Scienze Golinelli in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition, with the title Imprevedibili, essere pronti per il futuro senza sapere come sara (Unforeseable, being ready for the future without knowing what it will be like), shows a selection of works which all reflect on a possible future, including Atelier van Lieshout’s Cow of the Future and Food Reaktor.
For aditional information, please see the website of the Fondazione Golinelli
For the duration of the exhibition Öğüt & Macuga Episode 2: The Show Is Over at Witte de With Center for Centemporary Art, ‘guest readers’ are invited to interpret, critique, analyze, translate, and disrupt the very choices made in the exhibition. Each invited ‘reader’ responds to the exhibition drawing from their own background and interests, opening up the documents and works on view to new interpretations and perspectives.
Throughout the Fall of 2017, public tours of Öğüt & Macuga Episode 2: The Show Is Over will be given by: Joep Van Lieshout (Artist), Dirk Snauwaert (Director WIELS, Brussels) and Charles Esche (director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven).
Joep van Lieshout’s exhibition reading takes place on
Friday 22 September
18.30 – 19.30
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50
The exhibition readings are open to all and free of charge.
For more information please see the website of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
We’re happy to announce we will be showing a mini retrospective at Expo Chicago at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery booth.
The exhibition is a chance see a selection of works from projects such as CryptoFuturism, New Tribal Labyrinth, SlaveCity and Technocrat.
The fair runs from Wednesday 13 until Sunday 17 September
A solo exhibition by Joep van Lieshout, Furnification features the results of the artist’s recent sculptural experiments that that form part of the series, CryptoFururism. By revisiting the Italian Futurists, the series explores resonances with emerging fascist tendencies today, revealing the interplay between utopia and destruction. In Furnification, van Lieshout not only pushes the limits of materials, but also questions civilization itself.
More information can be found on the gallery website
On August 27, 2017 the first edition of ART Break will take place. This festival will transform the beach of Hoek van Holland into a celebration of art and coast. With ART Break Hoek van Holland finally has its own festival. From an art installation, classical music to a live painting performance and a treasure hunt through the Atlantik Wall, ART Break is for everyone!
The initiators of the festival, the entrepreneurs of the Rechtestraat, want to show how special Hoek van Holland is and how much culture this beach town has to offer. ‘’Hoek van Holland has six museums and is a place where a lot of Rotterdam-based artist take their summer break, but a lot of people aren’t aware of this’’, says Freek Ruigrok of DeSurfschool.nl, one of the entrepreneurs.
The eye catcher of ART Break will be Atelier Van Lieshout’s Bikinibar laying on the beach! The Bikinibar was created in 2006 as a place where people can withdraw from the busy beach life or bad weather. But it is only now that she can finally lay on the destination where she was intended for: the white sands of Hoek van Holland.
The festival takes place on Sunday the 27th of August 2017 and starts at 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening. The programme offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages such as surfing lessons for children, a hip-hop workshop, but also various concerts and a live painting performance by Solko Schalm, the unofficial port painter of Rotterdam. The festival can be visited free of charge. Hope to see you there!
Sunday August 27
10 am – 6 pm
Hoek van Holland – Rechtestraat
For the third and last time Atelier Van Lieshout will use the interplay of grouped works and individual pieces to transform the outside the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum into a powerful and highly topical installation. Alongside the new works, familiar pieces from the previous two years can also be found including the ‘Domestikator’, ‘BarRectum’, and the ‘Sanitary Silos’. The ‘Refektorium’ will host a wide-ranging programme of free events which establishes connections to van Lieshout’s art and to other Ruhrtriennale productions.
The installation and with it the Ruhrtriennale festival centre will be opened on 18th August at 4.30 pm in the presence of the artist.
Ruhrtriennale 2017, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany
18 August – 30 September 2017