Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
7 – 9 pm
With Ingrid van der Heijden, Joep 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 email@example.com.
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
The collection as time machine, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Opening 24 June 2017
Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July – extended until January 2018
Souvenirs: New New York Icons, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA
16 September – extended until 23 December 2017
Unpredictable, Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, Italy
Mid October 2017 – 4 February 2018
Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, USA, represented by Galerie Krinzinger
7 – 10 December 2017
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Lensvelt, Breda, the Netherlands
9 December 2017
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
Back to the Future, AVL-Mundo/Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
8 – 11 February 2018
De Grote Kunsthow, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
11 February 2018
Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico D.C., Mexico, in collaboration with Design Week Mexico and Galería OMR
5 – 6 March 2018
Ferrotopia, NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam,. The Netherlands
Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA
Kapellenbaan, Boxmeer/Kleve, the Netherlands/the Netherlands
Pioneer Works, New York, USA
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 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.
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.
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.
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