For the duration of the exhibition Öğüt & Macuga Episode 2: The Show Is Over at Witte de With Center for Centemporary Art, ‘guest readers’ are invited to interpret, critique, analyze, translate, and disrupt the very choices made in the exhibition. Each invited ‘reader’ responds to the exhibition drawing from their own background and interests, opening up the documents and works on view to new interpretations and perspectives.
Throughout the Fall of 2017, public tours of Öğüt & Macuga Episode 2: The Show Is Over will be given by: Joep Van Lieshout (Artist), Dirk Snauwaert (Director WIELS, Brussels) and Charles Esche (director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven).
Joep van Lieshout’s exhibition reading takes place on
Friday 22 September
18.30 – 19.30
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50
The exhibition readings are open to all and free of charge.
For more information please see the website of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
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.
Gartenschau, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
28 April 2017 – 30 September 2018
Re-Evolution. Maxxi, Roma, Italy
Opening 6 May 2017
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Toilets, But Were Afraid To Ask, Cube, Kerkrade, the Netherlands
18 May – November 2017
The collection as time machine, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Opening 24 June 2017
Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July – 4 November 2017
Domaine du Muy, Muy, France
Opening 16 July 2017
18 August – 30 September 2017
Furnication, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
7 – 30 September 2017
Souvenirs: New New York Icons, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA
16 September – 18 November 2017
Secret Garden, Scholten en Baijings, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
16 September – 29 Oktober 2017
Art Vienna, Vienna, Austria
21 – 24 September 2017
Unpredictable, Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, Italy
Mid October 2017 – February 2018
Domestikator at FIAC Hors les Murs, Paris, France
19 – 22 October 2017
Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London/New York, UK/USA
Ferrotopia, NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A solo exhibition by Joep van Lieshout, Furnification features the results of the artist’s recent sculptural experiments that that form part of the series, CryptoFururism. By revisiting the Italian Futurists, the series explores resonances with emerging fascist tendencies today, revealing the interplay between utopia and destruction. In Furnification, van Lieshout not only pushes the limits of materials, but also questions civilization itself.
More information can be found on the gallery website
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.
Parish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
8 May – 24 July 2016
A survey of artists’ site-specific projects on the water, including Atelier Van Lieshouts Women on Waves container
Parc Tournay-Solvay, Brussles, Belgium
12 April – 11 Sept 2016
outdoor exhibition at the Espace Europeen pour la Sculpture, with new and recent work, curated by Natalie Kovacs
Milano, Italy, with Gio Marconi
8 – 10 April 2016
solo booth with recent work by Atelier Van Lieshout, presented by Gio Marconi
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France
19 March – 7 May 2016
recent work by Atelier Van Lieshout at Jousse Entreprise, 6 rue Saint-Claude, Paris