‘The Mechanical Turks’, Anren Biennale, Anren (CN)


Atelier Van Lieshout exhibits The Mechanical Turks (2015) at the Anren Biennale, China. 

The Biennial entitled, “A Confrontation of Ideals” is the second to take place in the historic city of Chengdu in Sichuan province, examining questions concerning humane, civilized community while sharing artists’ thoughts and efforts to deal with the complex realities of the world. 

 The two automaton heads in The Mechanical Turks argue with one another in an accompanying audio work about whether to become Modernists or Primitivists. 

Anren Biennale – Opens Oct 12, 2019
Anren Szechuan, Chengdu, China
12 October 2019 – 12 February 2020


Current and upcoming exhibitions
House of Transition, Fokus Favoriten, Vienna, (AT)
20 September 2019 – September 2020
Blast Furnace, Art OMI, Ghent NY, (USA)
25 May 2019 – May 2021
Dysfunctional, Carpenters WG, Venice Biennale (IT)
7 May 2019 – 24 November 2019
Vrijplaats bij mij, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein (NL)
8 June 2019 – 15 October 2019
Dark Fantasy, Carpenters WG, Los Angeles (USA)
11 October 2019 – 16 November 2019
A Confrontation of Ideals, Anren Biennale, Anren (CN)
12 October 2019 – 12 February 2020
State of Extremes, Design Museum Holon, Holon, (IL)
11 December 2019 – April 2020
In The Age of Post-Drought, Transnatural, DDW (NL)
19 October 2019 – 27 October 2019

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'Dark Fantasy', Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)


11 October 2019 – 16 November 2019

Dark Fantasy guides the viewer through a whimsical world of the fantastic and the obscure, questioning the constraints of reality and what it means to dream. The group exhibition explores over a decade of functional art from 24 artists from Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s program, creating a dialogue between space, time and contemporary archeology.

Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Reclining Figure (2019), Deer Lamp (2017), Model The Burghers (2016), Bambino Lamp (2014), Embrace (2015)

UTA Artist Space, 403 Foothill Rd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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

‘Secret Society’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Dysfunctional’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Venice (IT)

‘Vrijplaats bij MIJ’, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein (NL)

‘Blast Furnace’, Art OMI, Ghent (USA)

‘RENEGADE’, Gió Marconi, Milan (IT)

‘ArtZuid 2019’, Amsterdam (NL)

‘Mutant Nature’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris (FR)

‘The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth’, Pioneer Works, New York (USA)

‘Killing Time’, Willem Twee, Den Bosch (NL)

‘BIG AND PLENTY’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Naked’, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (NL)

‘What’s wrong with this picture?’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Ferrotopia’, NDSM, Amsterdam (NL)

‘Lust for Life’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London (UK)


‘Back to the future?!’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Imprevedibile’, Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna (IT)

‘Domestikator’, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)

‘Furnication’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris (FR)

‘Bikinibar’, ART Break 2017, Hoek van Holland (NL)

‘Façade 2017’, Middelburg (NL)

‘ArtZuid 2017’, Amsterdam (NL)

‘Poly Pluto Pluri’, Galería OMR, Mexico City (MX)