Ferrotopia, the latest art installation by Atelier Van Lieshout, opening at the NDSM-werf on Wednesday 25th April at 19:00h, is an ode to steel and bygone industries that explores new forms of manufacturing in a “circular economy”.
Ferrotopia is a Gesamkunstwerk – a large-scale public project made up of four buildings: Domestikator, Drop Hammer House, Happy Industry and Refectory. Its totem is the iconic Domestikator, a monumental structure that depicts humankind’s domination of nature. Domestikator drew international attention as a hub for the Ruhr Triennial, but its fame exploded with the controversy it caused when the work was invited to be exhibited outside the Louvre, was censored and then adopted by the Centre Pompidou. The work was retrofitted as a pavilion for freedom of expression, hosting a series of screenings, discussions and international debate. In Amsterdam, Domestikator will be joined by the atmospheric Refectory, the Happy Industry Foundry – a functioning metal workshop, and the purpose-built Drop Hammer House, created specifically for the NDSM to represent destruction, recycling and production in a circular economy.
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)
Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by enfant terrible and sculptor Joep van Lieshout. After graduating at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Van Lieshout quickly rose to fame with projects that travelled between the world of easy-clean design and the non-functional area of art: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias.
In 1995, Van Lieshout founded his studio and has been working solely under the studio’s name ever since. The studio moniker exists in Van Lieshout’s practice as a methodology toward undermining the myth of the artistic genius. Over the past three decades, Van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture. By investigating the thin line between manufacturing art and mass-producing functional objects, he seeks to find the boundaries between fantasy and function, between fertility and destruction.
With this body of work, comprising both autonomous and commissioned artworks, he has gained a strong international reputation.
Gartenschau, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
28 April 2017 – 30 September 2018
The collection as time machine, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Opening 24 June 2017
Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July 2017 – extended until June 2018
Chapultepec, Mexico D.C., Mexico, in collaboration with Design Week Mexico and Galería OMR
5 March 2018 –
Ferrotopia, NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam,. The Netherlands
25 April – 2 December 2018
Please Touch: Body Boundaries, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ, USA
29 April – 1 August 2018
Willem Twee, ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
16 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Two new hard-core design products and a selection of sculptures by Atelier Van Lieshout will feature in two curated exhibitions taking place during the 2018 edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan from 16 to 22 April 2018.
Known for his immense and visionary projects that move between visual art, sculpture and “easy-clean design”, Van Lieshout bends all the rules. A sculptor, designer, architect and rebel, he fuses fiction with function, playing with the law by subverting it and creating his own solutions, creating new systems and machinery. Humour and lifestyle form an integral part of Van Lieshout’s work with his inventive “inhabitable” sculptures that bring together functionality and aesthetics in public and private places.
Initiated by Anne van der Zwaag and curated by Maarten Spruyt, the exhibition ‘Nothing New’ is nothing short of spectacular. In a world that really, really doesn’t need another new chair, Lensvelt bought back selection of his own company’s ubiquitous desks and office chairs, second hand on the Dutch website Marktplaats/Ebay/1st Dibs. The used office furniture is combined with, amongst others, an ensemble of Van Lieshout’s kinetic sculptures and Shell Shock Syndrome by Felix Burger, a former AVL Mundo resident.
Moooi travels back to via Savona 56, showcasing a universe of mystical worlds and points of view inspired by the extraordinary diversity of life. It’s a real voyage of discovery! Atelier Van Lieshout’s Liberty Lounger is part of this year’s presentation of Moooi. The first prototype of the Liberty Lounger was created for one of Van Lieshout’s large-scale utopian installations the Blastfurnace.
July 14 will see the opening of Façade 2017, where you can see Huis (2017) by Atelier Van Lieshout. Huis presents the audience with a deconstructed, distorted cage; a disfigured prison that symbolizes the human longing for freedom.
In addition, Atelier van Lieshout captured the deconstructive process of Huis in collaboration with filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz. The straight-edged cage was pushed apart with the use of heavy, self-made machines – i.e. a large drop hammer and hydraulic press with pressure. This film will be on display at CBK Zeeland, Middelburg.
Façade 2017 will run from July 14th until November 5th 2017
For more information about the locations and other artworks on display please see the CBK Zeeland website:
At this year’s Art Basel, Atelier Van Lieshout is proud to be represented by Galería OMR, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Galerie Krinzinger – who are showing Model La Machine Celibataire (2012) at their booth.
Please check the website of ArtBasel for more information about the other galleries, artworks and activities. The 2017 fair takes place from June 15th until June 18th
Visitors and residents of Amsterdam are once again welcome to visit ARTZUID, this time for it’s 5th edition. Presented as a 5km art route you are guided past 60 monumental art works from Dutch and International abstract artists. The outdoor exhibition is being brought to you by Rudi Fuchs, art historian and former director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
With a duration of 4 months and free entry, visitors can also partake in one of the daily guided tours or guest lectures in the surrounding hotels and museums.
For more information and locations please visit the ARTZUID website.
ARTZUID takes place between May 19 and September 17 2017
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.
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.
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