Atelier Van Lieshout / 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. Van Lieshout dissects systems, be it society as a whole or the human body; he experiments, looks for alternatives, takes exhibitions as experiments for recycling, and has even declared an independent state in the port of Rotterdam AVL-Ville (2001)—a free state in the Rotterdam harbour, with a minimum of rules, a maximum of liberties, and the highest degree of autarky.  All of these activities are conducted within Van Lieshout’s signature style of provocation—be it political or material.

Works of AVL can be found in private collections and several international museums. Please check our exhibition agenda on the news page for current and coming exhibitions.If you have any questions about Atelier Van Lieshout and our works, please contact us via our office in Rotterdam.