König Galerie celebrates Gallery Weekend Berlin with three new solo exhibitions. The sculpture garden at St. Agnes, which was first inaugurated a year ago, is also being largely redesigned for the occasion. For more information please check the gallery website. A full program, including a map with all participants of the Gallery Weekend Berlin can be found here.
Location: König Galerie St. Agnes, Alexandrinenstrasse 118 – 121, Berlin.
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)
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
Carpenters Roissy, Paris, France
22 October 2016 – May 2017
Onder ons, CIAP, Hasselt, België
8 March – 14 May 2017
Eigenheim, curated by Christian Mosar, Krome Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
16 March – April 2017
Angry Planet, National Library of Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
20 April – June 2017
Inaugural exhibition, Aeroplastics, Brussel, Belgium
19 April – 4 June 2017
Licht 2017, Graz, Austria
21 April – 4 June 2017
Poly Pluto Pluri, Galería OMR, México City, México
Opening 22 April 2017
Gallery Weekend, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
27 – 29 April 2017
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Toilets, But Were Afraid To Ask, Cube, Kerkrade, the Netherlands
18 May – November 2017
ArtZuid 2017, Amsterdam, 2017
19 May – 17 September 2017
Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July – 4 November 2017
Atelier Van Lieshout, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
21 July – 27 August 2017
18 August – 30 September 2017
Domaine du Muy, Muy, France
Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London/New York, UK/USA
The 22nd of April 2017 will see the opening of Poly Pluto Pluri at Galería OMR, the first solo exhibition of Atelier Van Lieshout in Mexico.
– Poly derives from πολύς, ancient Greek for many, much
– Pluto derives from πλουτος, ancient Greek for wealth
– Pluri means several, many in Latin
Roughly translated as ´more more more´, Poly Pluto Pluri presents a selection of the work of Atelier Van Lieshout, offering an overview of artist Joep van Lieshout´s practice from the early 1990’s until the present day. Fuelled by Van Lieshout´s fascination with ´man and machine´, Poly Pluto Pluri charts the development of new technologies congruent to the advancement of humanity, with all of its successes and more notably, its failures.
We’re happy to announce that the artwork Pulse has been slected for the manifestation Licht 2017 in Graz, Austria. The work will be on display on the Kapistran-Pieller-Platz, opposite to the Kunsthaus Graz, from the 21st of April until the 4th of June.
Pulse is an interactive installation which aims to engage the inhabitants of Graz and to be at the heart of the community, expressing the pulse, the life of the city. The artwork is as a beacon, sending out lightsignals. These lightsignals will ‘beat’ to the same ‘rhytym’ as the pulse of a human heart. Every time a child is born in the Graz – which is approximately 11 times a day – the pulse and the intensity of the light will become stronger.
With this artwork, Atelier Van Lieshout wants to create a poetic collective moment for the citizens of Graz. Every time Pulse’s light intensifies, the artwork will celebrate the beginning of a human life, a new member of the community added. The artwork will enhance the existing sense of community, both by creating a collective experience and by serving as a physical landmark.
For more information about the work and the manifestation Licht 2017, please check the website of the KIÖR – Kunst in Offentlichen Raum Steiermark
We’re proud to announce that we will be represented at Art Basel Hong Kong, by Galerie Krinzinger, with the work Hydroform Prepared (2016). The fair will be open from Thursday 23nd until Saturday 25th of March, and takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Galerie Krinzinger: Booth 1D10
Atelier Van Lieshout is happy to announce that we will be represented at The Armory Show, by Galerie Krinzinger, with the work Fasciae (2016). The fair will be open from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th of March, at Piers 92 & 94, New York.
Happening is: #Americaninresidence, the latest project by artist-in-residence Jason Page. A preview of upcoming residents Felix Burger and Jennifer Caubet. Video art from the Hugo Brown Family Collection.
And also: Creation and destruction. Rollers and shredders. Hammers and presses. An interactive installation and live performances by Atelier Van Lieshout where scrap, consumer goods, even artworks will meet their end and will be reused to create new works of art. Free daily tours, artists talks and performances, and Glühwein in the Sculpture Garden. Come see it happen!
Hugo Brown Family Collection, Felix Burger, Jennifer Caubet, Jason Page, Atelier Van Lieshout
Rotterdam Art Week
9 – 12 February 2017, 12 PM – 5 PM
We’re happy to announce our participation in the group show ‘Three Positions. Six Directions. Chapter 1: The Brutalist Ideal’, at Berlin’s König Galerie!
This show presents both impressions from and reactions to the architecture, the history, and the repurposing of the St Agnes church, which is currently in use as König Galerie’s main exhibition space – for an impression please check the gallery website
St. Agnes is a prime example of Brutalist architecture. More than style or fashion, Brutalism was a mentality and even a philosophy that inspired the simplicity, physical and ethical gravity, and economy that the church building embodies. It is with these same reductive ideas that the artworks presented in the show were born. Brutalism’s efficiency is reflected, for instance, in the artworks from Atelier Van Lieshout’s Slave City series, which extends these principles to a societal perspective. Added to this are recent works from the series Cryptofuturism, in which Atelier Van Lieshout researches the origin of matter, material and form.
The exhibition opens on Friday 20 January and runs until 12 February, at König Galerie, Alexandrinenstrasse 118 – 121, Berlin, Germany.
From the 2nd of December, the foyer of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag features the new artwork Henry, de Statistocraat by Atelier Van Lieshout. The eight-metre-high sculpture is designed to serve as a visitor information desk and is a humorous nod to the ‘rivalry’ between H.P. Berlage, architect of the Gemeentemuseum, and his Belgian contemporary and confrere Henry Van de Velde.
The commission was prompted by the Gemeentemuseum’s desire for a visitor information desk worthy of a great public art gallery. It had to be different from the usual nondescript counters found in railway stations, airports, municipal offices, cinemas and shops. Museum director Benno Tempel: “In many museums, the entrance hall is essentially no different from the equivalent in any railway station or airport. That’s why we’ve brought in the enfant terrible of the Dutch art world to design something completely out of the ordinary. The result is a distinctive information desk that will leave visitors in no possible doubt that this is a space for the arts.”
Berlage and Van der Velde
Van Lieshout’s creation, Henry, the Statistocrat, makes playful reference to the work of Belgian artist, designer and architect Henry van de Velde – a founder of art nouveau, trailblazer for the later Bauhaus, and famous in the Netherlands primarily as the architect of the Kröller-Müller Museum.
In terms of artistic ideas, Berlage and Van de Velde had much in common: both sought to eliminate the distinction between art and design and to approach architecture as a Gesamtkunstwerk. At the same time, they were rivals who competed for major contracts – especially for museum buildings. Berlage also produced a design for the Kröller-Müller Museum (which was rejected), and with Henry, the Statistocrat Van de Velde has now placed his stamp on the Gemeentemuseum.
Photography: Gerrit Schreurs
Der Hausfreund is your most ambiguous friend. Like the postman, he comes around all too often, especially when you yourself are not around. A friend of different faces and functions – just like the multifaceted artworks of Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout. The eponymous exhibition at Galerie Krinzinger shows a selection of his recent artworks, which ask questions about destruction and renewal, coincidence and concept, minimalism and functionality.
Opening: November 24 , 2016
Duration: November 25 – January 14, 2017
Galerie Krinzinger, Seilerstätte 16, 1010 Vienna
This years edition of FIAC will see the presentation of Atelier Van Lieshout’s ‘Model The Burgers’, represented by Galerie Krinzinger.
The Burghers symbolizes an ever-present human dilemma: the choice between the known and the unknown, between security and insecurity, between tradition and progress. The monumental sculpture draws from a universal and timeless theme: what does one do in an emergency situation? The figures, huddled together like a Laocoon, represent the different emotions that people go through in a time of conflict: heroism, fear, rebellion, survival, escape, compassion, cowardice, joy, loneliness – a mass of humans, insecure, doubtful and chaotic.
FIAC 2016 will take place at the Grand Palais/Petit Palais, Paris from 20 – 23 October
At ExpoChicago, Atelier Van Lieshout will be presenting a site-specific installation which is part of the CryptoFuturism series, reflecting on our contemporary society, on the juxtaposition between advancing technology and the longing for nature, primitivism, the past.
The installation is part of the EXPO Projects program, a curated selection of projects which highlights large-scale and performative works by emerging and established artists. Atelier Van Lieshout is represented by Grimm Gallery
Ruhrtriennale, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany
SlaveCity by Joep van Lieshout
Zuecca Project Space, Venice, Italy
26 May – 30 July 2016
Parallel with the Biennale di Venezia, Zuecca Project Space will be showcasing a selection of architectural models from SlaveCity
De Pont, Tilburg, the Netherlands
11 June – 2 October 2016
As part of the Jheronimusch Bosch 500 manifestation, Atelier Van Lieshout will present the Gesamtkunstwerk SlaveCity (2005 – 2009), as well as recent works, as part of a large solo exhibition at Museum De Pont in Tilburg.