Welkom in Leiden?!


2 September 2020 – 1 September 2023

The artworks of “Welcome to Leiden ?!” explore the theme “borders” in the broadest sense of the word, with the human experience as the point of departure. What does a border do to people? And what does a border mean them? During ones walk through the Singelpark, the works present the viewer with a variety of boundaries: psychological and inner boundaries that limit us unnoticed, biological boundaries such as the natural size of a group, borders that lie outside our daily vision, such as those of Europe, the recognizable and threatening visual language of border surveillance, and the boundaries within systems and ideologies and how one can break out of them.

The theme “borders” also immediately remind one of the refugee crisis. Who do we admit, who do we exclude, and why? However, boundaries are also needed to be able to live in freedom: to think and do whatever we want. Freedom for one therefore simultaneously means a restriction for the other. It is within the field of tension between usefulness and necessity, that concept of the “Welcome to Leiden?!” exhibition finds its origin.

Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on view: Cage (2017).



Current exhibition(s):

Hagioscoop, MDD Museum, Deinze (BE)
26 July 2020 – May 2021
Blast Furnace, Art OMI, Ghent NY, (USA)
25 May 2019 – May 2021


Upcoming exhibition(s):

Happy End of Everything, Boijmans in the City – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
Spring 2021
50th edition, IFFR, Rotterdam (NL)
June 2021
RAUM of Delights, RAUM, Utrecht (NL)
April 2021

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19 December 2020 – 6 January 2021

AVL Mundo and Atelier Van Lieshout bring light to these dark days with an Art Nativity Scene in and around the M4H area. A pilgrimage for people between the ages of 8 and 88 who, regardless of their beliefs or disbeliefs, who want to come together in solidarity or because they feel lonely and displaced. Of course, everything with due regard the latest corona measures.

The Art Nativity Scene at the Keileweg is a life-size spectacle, or a diorama, with revolving temple dancers, challenging Hanukkah candlesticks, spoiled godsons, rotating fertility priests, and of course babies as radiant centers.

Ongoing daily is the Christmas Tour Radio Play for the whole family. On December 23, a take-away Christmas dinner will be served for (ex) homeless people and others in vulnerable situations. On the weekends, with a hot chocolate in hand, come listen to the unlicensed Street Musicians that have problems earning money in these difficult times.

Under the adagio “burn a candle for yourself”, together we torch the misery of the past year in the fire pits in the Sculpture Park.

The activities around the KunstKerststal also ring the final bells for the last days of the outdoor exhibition Let’s Get Physical in the M4H area. In a solidarity setting, walk this beautiful route with over 30 statues. In the happy expectation that 2021 may be a better year and that we may leave 2020 behind us.

Entrance is free, registration is not necessary.

Sculpture park AVL Mundo
Keileweg 18, Rotterdam

Mon-Fri 09:00 – 17:00
Weekend 12:00 – 17:00
Except for 25th of December and the 1st of January

‘Let’s Get Physical’, Atelier Van Lieshout, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Hagioscoop’, MDD Museum, Deinze (BE)

‘The Clock Which Will Solve Every Problem in the World’, Kunstraum Dornbirn (AT)

‘What is Our Home?’, IVAM, Valencia (ES)

‘Boijmans Drive-Thru Museum’, Ahoy, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Life During Wartime’, USF Art Museum, Online

‘Two Years’ Vacation, FRAC Lorraine, Metz (FR)

‘(UN)REAL’, Science Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Online Viewing Room’, Art Basel 2020

‘Uomo Analyticus’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Reality is Not What it Seems’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris (FR)

‘State of Extremes’, Design Museum, Holon (IL)

‘The Time is Now’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Online exhibition

‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, CWG, New York (USA)

‘Falckenberg Collection’, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (DE)

‘Recover/Uncover’, Masa Galeria, Mexico City (MX)

A Confrontation of Ideals’, Anren Biennale, Anren (CN)

‘Atelier Van Lieshout’, AVL Mundo, Art Rotterdam (NL)

‘Home is a home is a home is a home’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris (FR)

‘A Decade of Wearable Art’, Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, London (UK)

‘Love in a Mist’, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge (USA)

‘In the Age of Post-Drought’, Transnatural, DDW (NL)

‘Dark Fantasy’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

‘House of Transition’, Fokus Favoriten, Vienna (AT)