Domestikator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, opening 19th October 6 PM


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

The overview catalogue by NAi publishers, offering a compendium of works by Atelier Van Lieshout from the period 1995 – 2007

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New Tribal Labyrinth

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.

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Slave City

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.

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AVL – A Manual

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.

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About AVL

Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein)

Joep van Lieshout: sculptor, visionary, and enfant terrible. At sixteen, Van Lieshout got himself accepted at the Rotterdam Academy of the Arts. After graduating, he rose to fame quickly, with functional sculptures that raise questions about the society at large and nature of art.

In 1995 van Lieshout founded his studio, Atelier Van Lieshout; ever since, he has been working under the name of the studio to undermine the myth of the artistic genius. Over the past two decades, Atelier Van Lieshout has produced a veritable cornucopia of works which straddle art, design and architecture: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias. What these works have in common are a number of recurring themes, motives and obsessions: systems, power, autarky, life, sex, death. The human individual in the face of a greater whole.

With this body of work, comprising both autonomous and commissioned artworks, he has gained a strong international reputation. The Atelier has exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, with shows at MoMA, New York, the Hayward Gallery, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Additionally, the Atelier has worked on numerous commissions for both public and private clients.



Gartenschau, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
28 April 2017 – 30 September 2018
Group show

Re-Evolution. Maxxi, Roma, Italy
Opening 6 May 2017
Group show

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Toilets, But Were Afraid To Ask, Cube, Kerkrade, the Netherlands
18 May – November 2017
Group show

The collection as time machine, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Opening 24 June 2017
Group show

Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July – 4 November 2017
Group show

Domaine du Muy, Muy, France
Opening 16 July 2017
Group show

Ruhrtriennale 2017
18 August – 30 September 2017
Solo show

Furnication, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
7 – 30 September 2017
Solo show

Souvenirs: New New York Icons, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA
16 September – 18 November 2017
Group show

Secret Garden, Scholten en Baijings, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
16 September – 29 Oktober 2017
Group show

Art Vienna, Vienna, Austria
21 – 24 September 2017
Art Fair

Unpredictable, Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, Italy
Mid October 2017 – February 2018
Group show

Domestikator at FIAC Hors les Murs, Paris, France
19 – 22 October 2017
Art Fair

Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London/New York, UK/USA
Spring 2018
Solo show

Ferrotopia, NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 2018
Solo show

Imprevedibile, group exhibition at the Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, 13 October 2017 – 4 February 2018


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

Public Tour by Joep van Lieshout at Witte de With, 22 September, 18.30
Atelier Van Lieshout solo booth at EXPO CHICAGO, 13 – 17 September
Furnication, solo exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 7 – 30 September, Paris
ART Break 2017, 27 August
Ruhrtriennale 2017, 18 August – 30 September
Huis – Facade 2017, 14 July – 5 November
Model La Machine Celibataire – ArtBasel 2017, 15 -18 June
Atelier Van Lieshout at ARTZUID 2017, May 19 – September 17
Kiss at Galerie König, Gallery Weekend Berlin, 28 – 30 April
Pulse at Licht 2017, Graz, April 21 – June 4
Atelier Van Lieshout at Art Basel Hong Kong, 23 – 25 March, HK SAR
Atelier Van Lieshout at The Armory Show, 2 – 5 March, NY