'A Gateway to Possible Worlds', Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz (FR)
5 November 2022 – 10 April 2023
The American writer Ray Bradbury said: “Science fiction is the art of the possible.” Under the guise of anticipating the future, it speaks to us of the present. It is a laboratory of hypotheses that manipulate and extrapolate the repressive norms and dogmas of today’s world, its ambitions, social afflictions, opportunities and perils. A Gateway To Possible Worlds exhibition brings together over 200 works from the late 1960s to the present day. It puts the spotlight on the bonds between imaginary worlds and our reality with the help of artists, authors, architects and film directors. It builds on current demands for 21st century utopias to spark debate, inspiration and a form of hope.
Atelier Van Lieshout shows a selection of works from ‘Slave City’: Wall Decoration, Urban Plan Slave City, Minimal Steel Red Lights and Board Room Crockery.
Blast Furnace, ART OMI, Ghent NY (USA)
25 May 2019 – Spring 2023
Roof Installation, ROOF-A, Rotterdam (NL)
04 November 2021 – 01 June 2023
A Gateway to Possible Worlds, Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz (FR)
5 November 2022 – 10 April 2023
The Voyage, BRUTUS, Rotterdam (NL)
07 February 2023 – 05 March 2023
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Booth 38, Rotterdam (NL)
08 February 2023 – 12 February 2023
Zona MACO, Booth B105, OMR, Mexico City (MEX)
08 February 2023 – 12 February 2023
Sculptura #1, Sculptura Festival Brussel, Brussel (BE)
10 February 2023 – 12 March 2023
Through Bone and Marrow, BRUTUS, Rotterdam (NL)
02 April 2023 – 25 June 2023
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'It’s About Time', International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
22 September 2022 –13 November 2022
Fifty years after the publication of the Club of Rome report, the 10th edition of the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam is taking stock. The exhibition brings historical research (from 1972 onward), inspiring practical examples (in 2022) and future scenarios (towards 2072) together. This overview paints a picture that is both worrisome and hopeful.
IT’S ABOUT TIME hints at the ever-mounting time pressure under which we are trying to counteract the effects of climate change and connect them to other social challenges. The title also zooms in on time and speed as crucial factors in architecture and spatial design processes and appeals to the profession to work effectively to resolve socioecological urgencies.
Atelier Van Lieshout shows the installation ‘The Clock Which Will Solve Every Problem in the World’, including Pendulum.
‘Harmonious Contradiction’, MASA x Sotheby’s, East Hampton, New York (USA)
24 August 2022 – 18 September 2022
Harmonious Contradiction is the third and final summer exhibition at Sotheby’s East Hampton Gallery and the first collaboration between MASA and Sotheby’s.
Harmonious Contradiction is a group exhibition presenting eight contemporary artists producing polished bronze and brass floor works by Mexico City-based MASA Galeria, in conversation with a selection of post-war and contemporary works curated by Sotheby’s.
Atelier Van Lieshout presents a polished bronze work of two abstract figures that are in the process of taking care of a third person. Caretaker Side Table is part of a series of works representing the different human feelings of love, compassion, sorrow, charity, enjoyment and relaxation.
66 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY, USA
Open Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm
‘Utopia’, Château Saint-Maur, Saint Tropez (FR)
13 July – 28 August 2022
Borrowing its title from a work of the same name, “Utopia” is a sculpture exhibition consisting of 10 works by Atelier Van Lieshout at Château Saint-Maur in Saint Tropez. Visitors are invited to journey to a place with neither noise nor news, but perhaps a bit of wine.
An ongoing theme in Van Lieshout’s work, “Utopia” has been expressed in seminal and legendary works such as “Autocrat”, “Women on Waves”, “AVL-Ville”, “Domestikator” and most recently at
documenta fifteen with “Mama-Werner”. In “Utopia” the journey is the destination. In this context, the exhibition satiates that which we may all crave: a different time, space or tempo. This constellation of sculptures perfectly punctuates a promenade or ‘balade’, seducing us with an idyllic escape.
Open daily, 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Solo Exhibition ‘Le Voyage’, Le Portique, Le Havre (FR)
24 June – 11 September 2022
‘Le Voyage’ is about a journey to a better world, a place beyond the horizon where the grass is always greener. The fictional pioneers follow their hearts and the flimsiest of gameplans: anything goes and let’s see what happens. They have no clue where they are going, but they are going, roaming in search of paradise or the next utopia, ready for anything. Their expedition gear take all-purpose and all-inclusive to the next level. Why make a selection when you can bring absolutely everything, from questionable toolkits, an overly large cooking station to a shrine and prosthetics. Luxury is found in abundance, not in quality: the packs are made with suboptimal materials and assembled in a happily chaotic manner.
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‘MAMA Doc Space’, documenta fifteen, Kassel (DE)
18 June 2022 – 25 September 2022
At Documenta 15, Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA) reflects on climate change and deforestation, connecting knowledge and experiences gained in Colombian rainforests to the forests of Germany. During Documenta’s 100 day duration, artists, activists and people from MAMA’s ecosystem will reflect on how monoculture and climate change have resulted in mass bark beetle infestations in central Europe. Most of the programme will take place in and around the MAMA Werner, a mobile platform for social interaction created by Atelier Van Lieshout and adapted specifically for this occasion.
AVL’s contribution to Documenta 15 is a caravan headed by the MAMA Werner, a powerful vehicle with a trailer that functions as a documentation centre and library. An attached tent provides space for workshops, screenings and other public activities. A 14-metre diameter table will be used for debates and communal gatherings. Behind the trailer sits a pyrolyser, that transforms waste plastics into diesel using thermal decomposition. The installation is completed with the Excrementus Megalomanus, a composting machine that turns human excrement and other bodily fluids into fertilizer. It is outfitted with a toilet and specially designed receptacles for vomit, urine and semen.
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Supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.
‘Living the Habitat’, Open House, Geneva (CH)
11 June 2022 – 28 August 2022
OPEN HOUSE is an exhibition that showcases innovative and original forms of habitat through projects from the fields of art, architecture, design and humanitarian aid in the beautiful Parc Lullin in Genthod on the lakefront, 15 minutes from Geneva.
Drop Hammer House represents destruction, recycling and production in a circular economy. It celebrates senseless destruction by violently smashing things. The resulting debris is used to make new sculptures. On top of the ruthless wrecking machine sits the Venus Room, named after the goddess of love, who stands at the beginning of all creation.
‘De Verleiding’, Bosch Parade, ‘s Hertogenbosch (NL)
16 June 2022 – 19 June 2022
Bosch Parade 2022 is the 9th edition of this extraordinary art manifestation on the water with Hieronymus Bosch as its inspiration. This year’s theme is ‘seduction’. From 16 to 19 June, it promises once again to be an inspiring cruise of the absurd through the historic centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, with nineteen idiosyncratic works of art in and on the water.
Atelier Van Lieshout has built an enormous Hammer, which smashes through the water with a compelling heartbeat. With thunderous blows, the hammer, like a floating rat catcher, lures Bosch Parade to follow it. From 26 May. Atelier van Lieshout will also be exhibiting a number of impressive artworks and sculptural installations, such as the Wellness Skull, Le Foot, Invisible Hand and House of Transition, in the Garden of Earthly Delights, the breeding ground at the Citadel where the artists are working on their objects for the Bosch Parade.
Le Foot at the Garden of Earthly Delights. Photo and credits: Kleurstof
‘Light in the Darkness’, Krinzinger Schottenfeld, Vienna (AT)
09 June 2022 – 27 August 2022
We live in dark times, with war raging on the EU’s border, more refugees than aid organizations can handle, the smouldering threat of Covid returning in a different guise and the climate crisis looming over us. Joep van Lieshout of Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) provides some light as the torchbearer of radical change. As a participant in the current documenta exhibition in Kassel, AVL presents a mobile platform for communal action and critical interaction. The exhibition ‘Light in the Darkness’ fulfils Van Lieshout’s mission to enlighten more literally by presenting a wide selection of lamps.
‘The Head’, University of Twente, Enschede (NL)
To celebrate its sixtieth anniversary, the University of Twente unveiled a special work of art on Thursday, 19 May: The Head. This 10-metre tall creation by artist Joep van Lieshout has been given a prominent place at the entrance to the university grounds.
Visitors can not only see the work of art from the outside, but can also climb into it. A narrow staircase takes you to a platform on top of the head, where you have a view over the campus on the one hand and the Kennispark on the other.
The Head marks the possibilities and dilemmas on the eve of the fourth industrial revolution, when the boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds are blurred. The sculpture is a monument to the waning of human dominance. A totem that marks the crossroads where we are now and a lookout to the future.
Visit The Head at:
Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede
‘VOORLOPERS’, Paleis Soestdijk, Baarn (NL)
13 May 2022 – 14 August 2022
From 13 May to 14 August the Park of Paleis Soestdijk will be open for the public to visit the contemporary art exhibition VOORLOPERS (PIONEERS). Contemporary artists, renowned and new pioneering talents, will address within the exhibition topcial issues such as bio-technology & bio-design, sustainability & recycling, but also the changing view on heritage.
Atelier Van Lieshout’s Darwin will be shown at Paleis Soestdijk. This extremely enlarged purple sperm cell represents the drive for survival, both biologically and socially. Inside is a bed and a small desk, suggesting a think tank to hatch a strategy to remain the fittest and stay on top. The architectural sculpture is part of an exhibition presenting a select group of Dutch pioneer artists.
Tuesday – Friday: 11.00–17.00
Saturday and Sunday: 12.00–17.00
Get your tickets here.
‘The Whale’, Arts Le Havre, Le Havre (FR)
3 June 2022 – 2 September 2022
Le Havre Beach, Le Havre (FR)
As a prefiguration of A SUMMER IN LE HAVRE, AVL has chosen to create a great sperm whale, at the request of the Grand Casino du Havre inspired by Herman Melville’s philosophical novel, Moby-Dick.
AVL strives to present the sea as the true theatre of the human comedy: suffering, evil, pride, madness, tyranny—feelings that Melville personified in the character of Captain Ahab, who saught revenge on the giant white whale that had robbed him of his leg in the past.
This monumental installation is also a manifesto on the power of nature that Jonah had also experienced. The Biblical character had angered God by his disobedience and, as punishment, was swallowed by a whale (literally a great fish) in which he remained for 3 days and 3 nights.
The Whale illustrates both Ahab’s nemesis and Jonah’s imprisonment. Made of steel, a metal created and welded by man, this whale is not slaughtered for its whale oil, as of old, but rests on beach pebbles like a careened ship. A seated man can be seen through the portholes. Is it the artist, Jonah praying for his salvation or captain Ahab questioning his behaviour. Thus presented, the work embodies both human ingenuity and unconquered nature. This is where all its ambiguity lies.
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: The Whale (2022)
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SOLO EXHIBITION ‘EHBO’, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)
Atelier Van Lieshout has transformed Galerie Ron Mandos into a surrealist parallel universe. Makeability – as an ideal – reaches its apex here, overachievement resulting in perverse hyperbole. It’s a confrontation with life itself: the failure, the triumph and the inevitable collateral damage.
EHBO feels like a cross between a field hospital, labyrinth and sculpture garden in which religious iconography gets mixed up with all too human and post-human images. This installation is not for the impassive viewer, here the audience must wander amongst every level of human experience
Galerie Ron Mandos
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Open Wednesday – Saturday | 12:00 – 18:00
Sunday | 12:00 – 17:00
Book your timeslot here.
‘Imagine’, ArtZuid 2021, Amsterdam (NL)
29 May 2021 – 17 October 2021
The Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial presented an exhibition to experience featuring over 80 figurative sculptures and spatial art installations. The heart of the exhibition lies in Berlage’s monumental Plan Zuid area with its leafy avenues Apollolaan and Minervalaan. This green space served as a backdrop for the theatrical grouping of modern and contemporary figurative sculptures which were interspersed with interactive spatial installations. ARTZUID 2021 included an extensive peripheral programme of activities including artist talks, an educational programme and art walks. Every edition the free exhibition is open 24/7.
‘Het Labyrinth’, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL)
16 October 2021 – 24 October 2021
At Dutch Design Week 2021, architect and former chief government architect Floris Alkemade will present an exhibition in the form of a labyrinth on behalf of the Board of Government Advisors and together with World Design Embassies.
The labyrinth represents ‘the art of changing direction’. It is about exploring new ways of observing, thinking, and acting. The labyrinth consists of three parts. The first part is about social changes and the search for solidarity. The second part is about our desire for control in uncertain times – for better or for worse. And the third part is about our ability to dream and imagine brighter futures, and a call for joint action based on solidarity.
Floris Alkemade is one of the three DDW Ambassadors of 2021. The labyrinth is part of World Design Embassies and can be visited from 16-14 October at Dutch Design Week (DDW) in Eindhoven. The exhibition is located at the heart of the design festival, in Klokgebouw at Strijp-S.
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Rider of the Apocalypse (2020)
‘OIL, Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age’, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (DE)
No other substance has shaped societies in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as much as petroleum. Airplanes, tanks, and spacecraft, motorways, shopping malls and suburban settlements, nylon stockings, mountains of plastic, and vinyl – key materials and technologies, lifestyles and visions of our time owe their existence to the energy density and transformability of oil. Now, however, the dusk of the “petrol age” is looming, whereby neither can its end be precisely dated, nor its consequences adequately assessed. The exhibition Oil. Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age therefore takes a speculative, poetic look back at the presence of the modern age of petroleum, which has lasted for roughly one hundred years. From the distance of a hypothetical future, we ask what was typical of our time, what was great and beautiful, what was ugly and terrible, and how all this is reflected in art and culture.
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Naphta Cracker (2012)
‘Fake Me Hard’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
30 June 2021 – 15 August 2021
On the cutting-edge of art and technology, FAKE ME HARD explores the complex reality of the 21st century with futuristic installations by over 40 artists, performances, and debates. Visitors await an uncanny landscape that they can enter safely, each with their own fake profile. Music-making robots set the tone playfully and with humor. A low hanging light haze leads the way. Do algorithms determine what is fact or fiction? Are human narratives slowly becoming irrelevant? How to survive the post-truth society?In the year 2021, we can no longer afford to feign that technology is neutral. In these times of deepfake videos and populism, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between ‘real’ and ‘not real’. See the promo video here.
Thursday – Sunday 12.00 – 22.00 Keileweg 18, RotterdaTickets
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Sacrifice (2020 – ongoing)
’50th Edition’, IFFR, Rotterdam (NL)
2 June 2021 – 6 June 2021
Bringing your favourite film to the market square, Atelier Van Lieshout’s Werner – Guerilla Cinema is a cinema on wheels visiting neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. The vehicle, a colossus that balances between tractor and armoured vehicle, has been converted into a mobile cinema specially for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The name is a tribute to cinema daredevil Werner Herzog.
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Werner (2021)
‘RAUM der Lusten’, Berlijnplein, Utrecht (NL)
30 April 2021 – 29 August 2021
CityLab RAUM in Utrecht has joined with architecture bureau ZUS to host the open-air exhibition ‘RAUM der Lusten‘. The exhibition at the Berlijnplein in Utrecht presents an exciting alternative to the often-monotonous design of our public spaces.
The concept for RAUM der Lusten was inspired by the iconic painting The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch. Like the painting, the exhibition is a triptych of three landscapes: ‘Paradise’, ‘The World’ and ‘Hell’. The visitor is an integral element of the exhibition, in which each landscape offers a unique experience through its individual programme and works on display.
In the ‘Paradise’ dune landscape by Studio Ossidiana, visitors can lounge, play and enjoy a bite to eat. ‘The World’, designed by architecture bureau ZUS, emphasises collectivity, with an expansive community kitchen garden as its focal point. In the dark, infernal ‘Hell’ landscape, you can find work by artists Maarten Baas, Atelier Van Lieshout and Andrea Hasler.
The exhibition offers plenty to explore and experience; from playful strolls to podcasts, film screenings and foraging tours. For the full programme of events, see the RAUM website.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on view: BarRectum (2005)
‘Love in a Mist’, Timmerfabriek, Maastricht (NL)
14 February 2021 – 15 August 2021
This exhibition interweaves narratives about the architecture of fertility, the space shaped by social attitudes, and the women who ensure a better future for upcoming generations. At this exhibition’s core are the heroines, the ladies on the barricades, the spatial consequences of the struggle for self-determination of the body and fertility regulation.
Bureau Europa invited curator Malkit Shoshan (Harvard Graduate School of Architecture and Design) to present her research and exhibition project Love in a Mist. Bureau Europa’s curator Remco Beckers elaborates on the exhibition through the prism of our region’s context
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: The Womb (2003)
‘World Expo 2020’, Netherlands Pavilion, Dubai (UAE)
1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022
At the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, designers and artists are shining the spotlight on technological innovation. Not only do they add aesthetic value through the power of their imagination; they also help promote a wider acceptance of new technology, resulting in a more beautiful and better world.
The artistic programme, which was put together by Monique Ruhe, seeks to stimulate the senses. As soon as they enter the semi-sunken pavilion, visitors are surrounded by the fragrance of Mastenbroek polder, an olfactory installation by Birthe Leemeijer. In his photographs Kadir van Lohuizen captures the effects of climate change and contemporary food production in a probing way. Joep van Lieshout’s clocks sound as if they are heralding the end of time. Or is it the dawn of a new age?
The Netherlands Pavilion will be located in the Sustainability District, sharing expertise in the area of water, energy and food – www.dutchdubai.com
‘De Afbreekeconomie’, Boijmans van Beuningen, Online
‘The Breakdown Economy’ is an online exhibition about making and destroying things. It’s not about economic growth and efficient production, but about the limitations of this model. How do we destroy everything that we, as humans, have made? In this discussion you can assume a radical position and lump everything together or adopt a more pragmatic attitude whereby a ‘breakdown economy’ is in balance with nature. What connects all these ideas is not just that things can be done differently, but that they must be done differently.
The research by Studio Klarenbeek & Dros into a world without plastic is placed centrally in this exhibition. They have developed a material called ‘weed-ware’ which is a natural degradable alternative to plastic. Atelier Van Lieshout shows a recent version of ‘Disco Inferno – Happy End of Everything’ (2020) which is an ultimate recycle installation that transforms all the waste we collectively produce into crude oil. Koehorst in ’t Veld presents a graphic representation that shows how the bio-based and the fossil economy have, over time, related to each other.
More information about the project via the Boijmans van Beuningen website.
Announcement – BRUTUS
Artist Joep van Lieshout (Atelier Van Lieshout) and project developer RED Company have joined forces to build a large-scale cultural cluster with residential units, offices and services in Rotterdam’s up and coming M4H port area. Their cooperation heralds a new model for urban renewal that does not automatically push out creatives once neighbourhoods upgrade.
BRUTUS combines culture, living and working in an area with 120 years of industrial history. At its heart lies a cultural cluster measuring at least 7,000 square metres (75,000 ft2). This will house a museum, exhibition spaces, a publicly accessible art depot, an art education unit, workshops, studios and working/living spaces for artists. The outdoor area will feature an open air cinema, a theatre and a sculpture garden.
Click here for the press release
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‘Welkom in Leiden?!’, Singelpark Leiden (NL)
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).
‘KUNST KERSTSTAL’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
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