Group exhibition at König Galerie, Berlin, opening 20/1


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. The exhibition opens on Friday 20 January, at 18.00, Alexandrinenstrasse 118 – 121, Berlin, Germany.


Atelier Van Lieshout

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

Download PDF


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.

Download PDF


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.

Download PDF


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.

Download PDF




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

Carpenters Roissy, Paris, France
22 October 2016 – May 2017
group show

Inauguration ‘Henri’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, the Netherlands
2nd December 2016
public artwork

Three positions. Six directions, Galerie Johann König, Berlin, Germany
20 January – 12 February 2017
group show

Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with GRIMM Gallery
9 – 12 February 2017
Art Fair

AVL-Mundo, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
9 – 12 February 2017
Group show

Atelier Van Lieshout, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Opening 3 March 2017
Solo show

Poly Pluto Pluri, Galería OMR, México City, México
Opening 1 April 2017
solo show

Presentation MOOOI, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
4 – 9 April 2017
Design Fair

Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
Summer 2017
Group show

Ruhrtriennale 2017
Summer 2017
Solo show

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Opening 9 September 2017
Solo show


Henry, de Statistocraat at the Gemeentemuseum


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.

Distinctive Desk

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, solo show at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
The Burghers at FIAC Paris with Galerie Krinzinger
Expo Chicago
Ruhrtriennale 2016: Man and Machine
SlaveCity by Joep van Lieshout
Joep van Lieshout SlaveCity
Radical Seafaring
The Invisible Hand
Joep van Lieshout
Joep van Lieshout
ART Rotterdam