Artist talk by Joep van Lieshout at Storefront for Art and Architecture, 28 November, 7 – 9 PM


Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

7 – 9 pm

With Ingrid van der HeijdenJoep 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


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

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

Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July – extended until January 2018
Group show

Souvenirs: New New York Icons, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA
16 September – extended until 23 December 2017
Group show

Unpredictable, Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, Italy
Mid October 2017 – 4 February 2018
Group show

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, USA, represented by Galerie Krinzinger
7 – 10 December 2017
Art fair

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Lensvelt, Breda, the Netherlands
9 December 2017
Solo show

INRIA, Centre de recherche Saclay – Ile-de-France, Paris, France
15 December 2017
Inauguration public sculpture

Punk + Dans + Kunst, Schunck, Heerlen, the Netherlands
27 January 2018
Group show

Back to the Future, AVL-Mundo/Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
8 – 11 February 2018
Art Fair

De Grote Kunsthow, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
11 February 2018
Solo show

Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK
February 2018
Solo show

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico D.C., Mexico, in collaboration with Design Week Mexico and Galería OMR
5 – 6 March 2018
Solo show

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

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

Kapellenbaan, Boxmeer/Kleve, the Netherlands/the Netherlands
Group show

Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Solo show

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 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
Expo Chicago
Ruhrtriennale 2016: Man and Machine
SlaveCity by Joep van Lieshout
Joep van Lieshout SlaveCity
Radical Seafaring