‘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
Our book Dirty Hands is out now!
‘Atelier Van Lieshout has created a book that is up-close, rough and dynamic – celebrating the typical AVL style and working methods.’
Order Dirty Hands (€29,80) at Walther König
'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
‘Pulse’, Licht 2017, Graz (AT)
We’re happy to announce that the artwork Pulse has been slected for the manifestation Licht 2017 in Graz, Austria. The work will be on display on the Kapistran-Pieller-Platz, opposite to the Kunsthaus Graz, from the 21st of April until the 4th of June.
Pulse is an interactive installation which aims to engage the inhabitants of Graz and to be at the heart of the community, expressing the pulse, the life of the city. The artwork is as a beacon, sending out lightsignals. These lightsignals will ‘beat’ to the same ‘rhytym’ as the pulse of a human heart. Every time a child is born in the Graz – which is approximately 11 times a day – the pulse and the intensity of the light will become stronger.
With this artwork, Atelier Van Lieshout wants to create a poetic collective moment for the citizens of Graz. Every time Pulse’s light intensifies, the artwork will celebrate the beginning of a human life, a new member of the community added. The artwork will enhance the existing sense of community, both by creating a collective experience and by serving as a physical landmark.
For more information about the work and the manifestation Licht 2017, please check the website of the KIÖR – Kunst in Offentlichen Raum Steiermark
‘Three Positions. Six Directions.’, König Galerie, Berlin (DE)
We’re happy to announce our participation in the group show ‘Three Positions. Six Directions. Chapter 1: The Brutalist Ideal’, at Berlin’s König Galerie!
This show presents both impressions from and reactions to the architecture, the history, and the repurposing of the St Agnes church, which is currently in use as König Galerie’s main exhibition space – for an impression please check the gallery website
St. Agnes is a prime example of Brutalist architecture. More than style or fashion, Brutalism was a mentality and even a philosophy that inspired the simplicity, physical and ethical gravity, and economy that the church building embodies. It is with these same reductive ideas that the artworks presented in the show were born. Brutalism’s efficiency is reflected, for instance, in the artworks from Atelier Van Lieshout’s Slave City series, which extends these principles to a societal perspective. Added to this are recent works from the series Cryptofuturism, in which Atelier Van Lieshout researches the origin of matter, material and form.
The exhibition opens on Friday 20 January and runs until 12 February, at König Galerie, Alexandrinenstrasse 118 – 121, Berlin, Germany.
‘Henry, de Statistocraat’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (NL)
From the 2nd of December, the foyer of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag features the new artwork Henry, de Statistocraat by Atelier Van Lieshout. The eight-metre-high sculpture is designed to serve as a visitor information desk and is a humorous nod to the ‘rivalry’ between H.P. Berlage, architect of the Gemeentemuseum, and his Belgian contemporary and confrere Henry Van de Velde.
The commission was prompted by the Gemeentemuseum’s desire for a visitor information desk worthy of a great public art gallery. It had to be different from the usual nondescript counters found in railway stations, airports, municipal offices, cinemas and shops. Museum director Benno Tempel: “In many museums, the entrance hall is essentially no different from the equivalent in any railway station or airport. That’s why we’ve brought in the enfant terrible of the Dutch art world to design something completely out of the ordinary. The result is a distinctive information desk that will leave visitors in no possible doubt that this is a space for the arts.”
Berlage and Van der Velde
Van Lieshout’s creation, Henry, the Statistocrat, makes playful reference to the work of Belgian artist, designer and architect Henry van de Velde – a founder of art nouveau, trailblazer for the later Bauhaus, and famous in the Netherlands primarily as the architect of the Kröller-Müller Museum.
In terms of artistic ideas, Berlage and Van de Velde had much in common: both sought to eliminate the distinction between art and design and to approach architecture as a Gesamtkunstwerk. At the same time, they were rivals who competed for major contracts – especially for museum buildings. Berlage also produced a design for the Kröller-Müller Museum (which was rejected), and with Henry, the Statistocrat Van de Velde has now placed his stamp on the Gemeentemuseum.
Photography: Gerrit Schreurs
‘Der Hausfreund’, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (AT)
Der Hausfreund is your most ambiguous friend. Like the postman, he comes around all too often, especially when you yourself are not around. A friend of different faces and functions – just like the multifaceted artworks of Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout. The eponymous exhibition at Galerie Krinzinger shows a selection of his recent artworks, which ask questions about destruction and renewal, coincidence and concept, minimalism and functionality.
Opening: November 24 , 2016
Duration: November 25 – January 14, 2017
Galerie Krinzinger, Seilerstätte 16, 1010 Vienna
‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Ruhrtriennale 2016, Bochum (DE)
Ruhrtriennale, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany
‘SlaveCity’, De Pont, Tilburg (NL)
11 June 2016 – 2 October 2016
As part of the Jheronimusch Bosch 500 manifestation, Atelier Van Lieshout will present the Gesamtkunstwerk SlaveCity (2005 – 2009), as well as recent works, as part of a large solo exhibition at Museum De Pont in Tilburg.
De Pont, Tilburg, the Netherlands
‘SlaveCity’, Zuecca Project Space, Venice (IT)
SlaveCity by Joep van Lieshout
Zuecca Project Space, Venice, Italy
26 May – 30 July 2016
Parallel with the Biennale di Venezia, Zuecca Project Space will be showcasing a selection of architectural models from SlaveCity
‘Radical Seafaring’, Parrish Art Museum, New York (USA)
8 May – 24 July 2016
A survey of artists’ site-specific projects on the water, including Atelier Van Lieshouts Women on Waves container.
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
‘The Invisible Hand’, Espace Europeen pour la Sculpture, Brussels (BE)
Parc Tournay-Solvay, Brussles, Belgium
12 April – 11 Sept 2016
outdoor exhibition at the Espace Europeen pour la Sculpture, with new and recent work, curated by Natalie Kovacs
‘Joep van Lieshout’, Jousse Enterprise, Paris (FR)
19 March 2016 – 7 May 2016
recent work by Atelier Van Lieshout at Jousse Entreprise, 6 rue Saint-Claude, Paris
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France
‘Primitive Modern’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
19 November – 19 December 2015
Atelier Van Lieshouts upcoming solo show at Almine Rech Gallery will show recent works from the new Primitive Modernist series
‘The Monument’, Nationalgalerie, Berlin (DE)
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Inauguration Monday 14 Sept 2015
Atelier Van Lieshout, in collaboration with the Nationalgalerie, will be showing this public artwork on the Museuminsel for the next two years.
‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Ruhrtriennale, Bochum (DE)
14 Aug – 26 Sept 2015
Atelier Van Lieshouts largest installation to date, a festival village including new work Domestikator and older iconic works.
Ruhrtriennale, Bochum, Germany
‘Dans un Interieur’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (BE)
12 March 2015 – 11 April 2015
‘Dans un intérieur’
Following on the 2014 exhibition in Paris, Almine Rech Gallery displayed the second edition “Dans un intérieur – Meubles, oeuvres murals & textiles d’artistes’ in Brussels.
The exhibition offers a contemporary outlook on creation in the broadest sense of the term. It also plays freely with the idea of a domestic installation that has more to do with the apartment of an amateur than the white cube that is the gallery.
Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
‘Vienna For Arts Sake!’, Belvedere, Vienna (AT)
27 February 2015 – 31 May 2015
Showing Atelier Van Lieshouts latest work: The Mechanical Turks (2015).
Winter Palace, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
‘Blast Furnace’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
Atelier Van Lieshout/AVL-Mundo, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
From Thursday the 5th until Sunday the 8th of February, our workshop and exhibition space will be open to the public, daily between 1 pm and 9 pm
On display for the first time in the Netherlands will be the Blast Furnace, a more than 11 metre high steel installation that pays homage to our industrial past yet at the same time offers us a glimpse of production methods of the future.
Additionally, the AVL team will be casting, melting and forging in the smoldering ovens and rudimental machinery from the Happy Industry installation. Both the Blast Furnace and Happy Industry will be installed especially for Art Rotterdam.
Location: Keileweg 18, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
How to reach us: Atelier Van Lieshout/AVL-Mundo is an official stop on the Art Rotterdam shuttle bus service
This event is part of the Art Rotterdam Week.
‘Power Hammer’, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
10 Januari – 7 March 2015
Frans Halsstraat 26, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
‘ART Basel’, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami (USA)
4 – 7 December 2014
Miami, USA, with Galerie Krinzinger and Galeria OMR
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, USA
‘Panel Discussion’, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Thursday 20 November 2014
Panel Discussion: “Design as Survival, Resistance, and Transformative Action”.
Panel discussion with Lucy & Jorge Orta, Rikke Luther and Joep van Lieshout, moderated by Krzysztof Wodiczko. Free and open to the public, more info on:
Piper Auditorium, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA, USA
‘Art Bogota’, OMR Gallery, Bogota (CO)
24 – 27 October 2014
Solo exhibition with OMR Gallery at Art Bogota, Corferias, Bogota (CO)
For more info: Art Bogota 2014
‘Future Fictions’, Z33, Hasselt (BE)
5 September 2014 – 4 Januari 2015
Group exhibtion Future Fictions
AVL works on display: Food Reaktor (2013), Mondriaan (2012)
Zuivelmarkt 33, Hasselt, Belgium
‘Design Art’, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL)
12 September 2014 – 7 December 2014
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Sport Nouveau (2004)
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Westzeedijk 341, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
‘Happy Industry’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
12 – 14 September 2014
With Peter Rogiers, Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak, Frederik Molenschot, Paul Geelen, IJzerij Paulus, Atelier Van Lieshout, Margriet Kicks-Ass, Bismuth en Mia Andresen
Partners: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Eye, Worm and Karin Post
Museumpark, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
‘Vrijstaat’, Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)
1 June 2014 – 1 October 2014
Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Vice (2014), Power Hammer (2014), WWI (2012), Hagioscoop (2012), Panta Rhei (2011), Buffel (2011), Woman (2009), Bodyparts (2009), Birthing Woman (2009), Wellness Skull (2007), The Cube (2007), Bikinibar (2006), Skull on Stand (2005), Heart (2004), Penis XL (2003) and others
Keukenhof 1, Lisse, the Netherlands