Ruhrtriennale 2017, 18/8 – 30/09


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


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.



Monument at Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Inauguration 14 September 2015
public sculpture

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

ArtZuid 2017, Amsterdam, 2017
19 May – 17 September 2017
Group show

From DADA to Ta-Da, Fisher Parrish Gallery, New York, USA
23 June – 20 August 2017
Group show, curated by Max Wolf

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

Summer show, carpenters workshop gallery, New York, USA
29 June – 25 August 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

Build Your Own House, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece
28 July – 22 August 2017
Group show

Ruhrtriennale 2017
18 August – 30 September 2017
Solo show

ART Break, Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands
27 August 2017

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

EXPO CHICAGO, Chicago, USA, solo booth with Carpenters Workshop Gallery
13 – 17 September
Art Fair

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

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

Huis – Facade 2017, 14/7 – 5/11


July 14 will see the opening of Façade 2017, where you can see Huis (2017) by Atelier Van Lieshout. Huis presents the audience with a deconstructed, distorted cage; a disfigured prison that symbolizes the human longing for freedom.

In addition, Atelier van Lieshout captured the deconstructive process of Huis in collaboration with filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz. The straight-edged cage was pushed apart with the use of heavy, self-made machines – i.e. a large drop hammer and hydraulic press with pressure. This film will be on display at CBK Zeeland, Middelburg.

Façade 2017 will run from July 14th until November 5th 2017

For more information about the locations and other artworks on display please see the CBK Zeeland website:


Model La Machine Celibataire – ArtBasel 2017, 15/06 – 18/06
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
Poly Pluto Pluri at Galería OMR, opening April 22
Happening at AVL-Mundo, Art Rotterdam, 9 – 12 February, 12 – 5 PM
Group exhibition at König Galerie, Berlin, opening 20/1
Henry, de Statistocraat at the Gemeentemuseum
Der Hausfreund, solo show at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
The Burghers at FIAC Paris with Galerie Krinzinger