'Arena', Nosbaum Reding, Brussels (BE)


24 May 2023 – 22 July 2023

Atelier Van Lieshout presents a new body of work at Nosbaum Reding Gallery under the title ‘Arena’

Art history is filled with dying warriors, from the felled fighter on the battle fields of Ancient Greece to Henry Moore’s Warrior with Shield  breathing his last breath. They sacrificed themselves for the people, fatherland or ideology. These heroes know that fighting might end in dying, sometimes even by their own sword to uphold the honor.

The Fallen Warrior series of Atelier Van Lieshout is part of this tradition, with the difference that these sculptures have no fixed top or bottom. They can be placed and read in various ways, representing warriors who won’t stop fighting even when their worldview flips.

Nosbaum Reding
Rue de la Concorde 60
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Opening hours
Wednesday – Satuday | 11:00 – 18:00


Current exhibition(s):
Blast Furnace, ART OMI, Ghent NY (USA)
25 May 2019 – Summer 2023
Roof Installation, ROOF-A, Rotterdam (NL)
04 November 2021 – 01 June 2023
Pays-Bas, L’Autre Pays Des Beaux-Arts, CacMeymac, Meymac, (FR)
19 March 2023 – 18 June 2023
Derde Collectietentoonstelling Rabo Kunstcollectie, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, (NL)
25 March 2023 – 10 August 2023
Through Bone and Marrow, BRUTUS, Rotterdam (NL)
02 April 2023 – 25 June 2023
Arena, Nosbaum Reding Gallery, Brussels (BE)
24 May 2023 – 22 July 2023

Upcoming exhibition(s):
Statue of Liberty, àmare, Brugge (BE)
01 July 2023 – 31 September 2023
50 jaar Ruigoord, Ruigoord, Amsterdam (NL)
Summer 2023 – Summer 2026
Voorhout Monumentaal, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag (NL)
3 June 2023 – 20 august 2023


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Brutalistische Aap, BunkerToren, Eindhoven (NL)


The BunkerTower in Eindhoven has officially opened its doors and on this big day they have also revealed the brutalist sculpture that Atelier Van Lieshout has made especially for them.

Brutalism as an architectural style had long been ignored because it was perceived as bulky, bare and almost indecent. But after years of postmodernist frills and bloodless corporate office building, appreciation for straightforward brutalism is on the rise again. Finally, according to Joep van Lieshout, who had never stopped joyfully working with these rough and ready visual forms.

The Brutalistische Aap [Brutalist Monkey] from Atelier Van Lieshout is the suitable mascot for such stylistic durability. Its rough forms are similar to the unfinished concrete of Brutalism, but gently hint at the curves of Art Deco. Strength and zest for life go hand in hand. The geometric shapes that sit on the monkey’s body like architectural bulges emphasize the utilitarian rationality that ultimately drives him.

The brutalist style of the sculpture took its inspiration from the former student centre, the Bunker, which was designed by Huig Maaskant in the 1960’s. Now Powerhouse Company designed a residential tower on top of this infamous bunker.

Photo made by Nadia ten Wolde

‘Through Bone and Marrow’, BRUTUS, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Sculptura #1’, Sculptura Festival Brussel, Brussel (BE)

‘The Voyage’, BRUTUS, Rotterdam (NL)

‘A Gateway to Possible Worlds’, Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz (FR)

‘It’s About Time’, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Harmonious Contradiction’, MASA x Sotheby’s, East Hampton, New York (USA)

‘Utopia’, Château Saint-Maur, Saint Tropez (FR)

Solo Exhibition ‘Le Voyage’, Le Portique, Le Havre (FR)

‘MAMA Doc Space’, documenta fifteen, Kassel (DE)

‘Living the Habitat’, Open House, Geneva (CH)

‘De Verleiding’, Bosch Parade, ‘s Hertogenbosch (NL)

‘Light in the Darkness’, Krinzinger Schottenfeld, Vienna (AT)

‘The Head’, University of Twente, Enschede (NL)

‘VOORLOPERS’, Paleis Soestdijk, Baarn (NL)

‘The Whale’, Arts Le Havre, Le Havre (FR)

Atelier Van Lieshout Webshop

SOLO EXHIBITION ‘EHBO’, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)

‘Imagine’, ArtZuid 2021, Amsterdam (NL)

‘Het Labyrinth’, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL)

‘OIL, Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age’, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (DE)

‘Fake Me Hard’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

’50th Edition’, IFFR, Rotterdam (NL)

‘RAUM der Lusten’, Berlijnplein, Utrecht (NL)

‘Love in a Mist’, Timmerfabriek, Maastricht (NL)