Public Tour by Joep van Lieshout at Witte de With, 22 September, 18.30


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


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

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Toilets, But Were Afraid To Ask, Cube, Kerkrade, the Netherlands
18 May – November 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 – 4 November 2017
Group show

Domaine du Muy, Muy, France
Opening 16 July 2017
Group show

Ruhrtriennale 2017
18 August – 30 September 2017
Solo show

Furnication, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
7 – 30 September 2017
Solo show

Souvenirs: New New York Icons, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA
16 September – 18 November 2017
Group show

Secret Garden, Scholten en Baijings, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
16 September – 29 Oktober 2017
Group show

Art Vienna, Vienna, Austria
21 – 24 September 2017
Art Fair

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

Domestikator at FIAC Hors les Murs, Paris, France
19 – 22 October 2017
Art Fair

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

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

Furnication, solo exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 7 – 30 September, Paris


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

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
The Invisible Hand
Joep van Lieshout