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.

Photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk


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)

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
Group show

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

Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July 2017 – extended until June 2018
Group show

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
Group exhibition

Willem Twee, ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
16 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Solo exhibition

Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Solo exhibition

Lazy Modernist and Liberty Lounger presented at the Salone del Mobile


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.

Huis – Facade 2017, 14 July – 5 November
Model La Machine Celibataire – ArtBasel 2017, 15 -18 June
Atelier Van Lieshout at ARTZUID 2017, May 19 – September 17
Kiss at Galerie König, Gallery Weekend Berlin, 28 – 30 April
Pulse at Licht 2017, Graz, April 21 – June 4
Atelier Van Lieshout at Art Basel Hong Kong, 23 – 25 March, HK SAR
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