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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Blast Furnace, Art OMI, Ghent NY, (USA)
25 May 2019 – Summer 2022
Roof Installation, ROOF-A, Rotterdam (NL)
04 November 2021 – 01 August 2022
Form Follows Energy, LAGO / ALGO, Mexico City (MX)
09 February 2022 – 16 August 2022
VOORLOPERS, Park, Paleis Soestdijk (NL)
13 May 2022 – 05 August 2022
The Whale, Arts Le Havre, Le Havre (FR)
03 June 2022 – 02 September 2022
Ostfriesland Biennale, Fraeylemaborg, Slochteren (NL)
04 June 2022 – 04 September 2022
Light in the Darkness, Krinzinger Schottenfeld, Vienna (AT)
09 June 2022 – 27 August 2022
Living the Habitat, Open House, Geneva (CH)
11 June 2022 – 28 August 2022
MAMA Werner, Documenta, Kassel (DE)
18 June 2022 – 25 September 2022
Design and Dynasty, Stadtschloss Fulda, Fulda (DE)
18 June 2022 – 25 August 2022
Le Voyage, solo exhibition, Le Portique, Le Havre (FR)
24 June 2022 – 11 September 2022
A Gateway to Possible Worlds, Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz (FR)
5 November 2022 – April 2023
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'MAMA Werner', 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.
‘Life During Wartime’, USF Art Museum, Online
6 June 2020 – 12 December 2020
The online exhibition Life During Wartime: art in the Age of Coronavirus humbly engages a select company of international artists to respond to the overwhelming realities of the crisis that has gripped the planet since March 5, the date the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The exhibition takes full advantage of one of the few outlets artists still have—the Internet—during a public health emergency recently exacerbated by the wanton murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. It aims to mobilize sentiment, thought and activity around art and its enduring possibilities: its role as a conceptual catalyst, its ability to trigger ideas, stories, conversations, emotions, feelings and mental states. Separately and together, each artist contribution provides a picture of a planet in crisis, now further enraged and victimized by violence, but also images of hope and optimism in the face of a global emergency.
Much More Time.
Back to Basics.
– Joep van Lieshout
‘Two Years’ Vacation, FRAC Lorraine, Metz (FR)
23 July 2020 – 24 January 2021
Under a title that evokes a kind of permanent summer, the exhibition at FARC Lorraine presents a reflection between the work of the artist Céline Condorelli (lives and works in London) and a selection of works from the collections of Frac Alsace, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, and Frac Lorraine.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on view: Autocraat (1998), Masterplan (1998), Commune Bed (1998, on image) and Untitled (1998).
‘(UN)REAL’, Science Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)
3 April – 29 November 2020
What is real, and how are you sure it is so? Can you be confident in your perceptions when so many experiences are digital or influenced by the changing chemistry and architecture of your brain? Science Gallery Rotterdam at Erasmus MC invites you to engage with art projects that respond to this fertile terrain between the actual and the perceived.
Atelier Van Lieshout’s Food Processor (2015) is part of the group exhibition (UN)REAL. This work is a hybrid human-machine species, one united entity, that can take leftovers and process them with microbes and enzymes to produce new, recycled superfood. It is a technocratic, capitalist dream come true, and a triumph, in collaboration with science: the food of the future.
View the online exhibition via this link
‘Online Viewing Room’, Art Basel 2020
18 June 2020 – 26 June 2020
Galería OMR virtually exhibits Atelier Van Lieshout’s The Burghers, 2013 during this year’s online edition of Art Basel. The sculpture symbolizes the ever-present human dilemma: the choice between the known and the unknown, between security and insecurity, between tradition and progress. The figures represent the different emotions that people go through in a time of conflict: heroism, fear, rebellion, survival, escape, loneliness – a mass of humans, insecure, doubtful and chaotic.
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Galerie Krinzinger virtually exhibits Atelier Van Lieshout’s Venus, 2010. The sculpture is inspired by the prehistorical Venus sculpture. This ancient goddess and mother figure refers to idolatry, fertility and primitive society in which women played a considerably more important if not dominant role.
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‘Uomo Analyticus’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
4 October 2019 – 1 July 2020
During COVID-19 it’s still possible to visit ‘Uomo Analyticus’ under strict conditions. More information about the exhibition and the current guidelines via this link.
‘Uomo Analyticus’ can both mean ‘the analyzing human’ and ‘a human analyzed’. How do we live? How are we made? How do we process and get processed? This exhibition focusses on the core theme of Atelier Van Lieshout’s practice: dissecting systems, be it society as a whole or the human body. Atelier Van Lieshout looks at the human body as the ultimate system and an everlasting source of inspiration.
Uomo Analyticus is organised by Foundation AVL Mundo in collaboration with Science Gallery Rotterdam.
AVL Mundo Sculpture Park
Keileweg 18, Rotterdam (NL)
Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 17:00
‘Reality is Not What it Seems’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris (FR)
29 February 2020 – 6 June 2020
Reality Is Not What It Seems at Galerie Jousse Entreprise is an exhibition dealing with drawing, in its broadest sense, somewhere between frottage, collage, sewing on paper, printing, and graphic design. Fresh from the studio, sketches illustrate artistic lines of thinking and transport viewers into the intimacy of creation. A form of de- compartmentalization that is also at work in these video artists who, unusually, appropriate the paper medium to transcribe inner visions, and study the boundaries of our perception of the world. All so many approaches like sidesteps opening up to new perspectives, towards a reality which is not what it seems.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Untitled (2002), Sportopia (2002), The Womb (2003) and Masterplan (1998).
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‘State of Extremes’, Design Museum, Holon (IL)
11 December 2019 – 31 December 2020
We live in a state of extremes. Extreme weather, as a result of climate change, is both scorching and inundating the planet with record temperatures, unprecedented wildfires and ever more frequent and severe droughts, storms and floods. Meanwhile, extreme ideologies and political positions are being amplified by the media’s news cycles and the echo chamber of the Internet, further polarizing societies already inflamed by extreme, and growing, inequality and resentments. Extremes breed more extremes, creating self-reinforcing cycles of pushback and backlash, and fueling spiraling feedback loops of increasing intensity.
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‘The Time is Now’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Online exhibition
17 April 2020 – 8 May 2020
Time is money. Time is fleeting. Time is precious. Time heals. Time is of the essence. Time is an illusion. We make time. We take time. We spend time. We race against time. We fight time. We try to control it – speeding it up, slowing it down. It’s just a matter of time.
The Time is Now is an online group exhibition curated by Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Atelier Van Lieshout’s works speak to the necessity or “time” for change, symbolizing a hope for a revolution of consciousness and the awakening of more mindful beings. AVL continually investigates the cycles of life that are born through the passage of time and the end or destruction of systems; while his clock sculpture Pendulum is designed to destroy and change so as to make way for the potential of new beginnings, his scepter-like Walking Stick 5 Hourglass reflects on the path to the future. Another AVL artwork on display: Pipe Bomb Clock (2019).
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‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, CWG, New York (USA)
Temporarily closed until further notice to help contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
4 March 2020 – 25 April 2020
The tropes and aesthetics of Sergio Leone’s film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) have inspired much of the identity Joep Van Lieshout invented for his art practice. From frontier independence and a Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest, to heightened gender roles and violent tonal shifts — the film has become an apt lens through which to view the perspectives he sculpts. Atelier Van Lieshout’s solo exhibition is titled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and opens Wednesday March 4th at Carpenters Workshop Gallery New York.
Artworks on display: Minimal Kiss Lamp, Bambino Lamp, Humanoid, Domestikator Lamp, Jewel, Venus Lamp, Technocrat Bronze Coffee Table, Embrace, Deer Lamp and others. Full works list here.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
693 Fifth Avenue, New York (USA)
‘Falckenberg Collection’, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (DE)
30 November 2019 – 24 May 2020
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Falckenberg Collection, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg is presenting a comprehensive exhibition from 30 November 2019 to 24 May 2020 which will focus on installations and sculptures from the collection. The exhibition features some100 works by over 60 internationally renowned artists.
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Hanging Michelangelo (2004).
‘Recover/Uncover’, Masa Galeria, Mexico City (MX)
Temporarily closed until further notice to help contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
6 February 2020 – 8 April 2020
Recover/Uncover examines the convention of taxonomy as an organizational exercise that reveals its own ambiguities. With newly commissioned, unique and limited-edition pieces by designers and artists whose inquiries defy strict categorization, MASA Galeria introduces for consideration a set of binaries other than purpose and expression, celebrating contradiction as a reflection of the ongoing process of becoming and self-definition. The pieces exist along a spectrum of indeterminates rather than at a stasis, defying strict archetypes and presenting objects as tools for living, contemplation and, most of all, reconciliation.
A Confrontation of Ideals’, Anren Biennale, Anren (CN)
12 October 2019 – 12 February 2020
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 Szechuan, Chengdu, China
‘Atelier Van Lieshout’, AVL Mundo, Art Rotterdam (NL)
7 February 2020 – 9 February 2020
During Art Rotterdam, AVL opens its doors with an exhibition of recent and older works of Atelier Van Lieshout at Joep van Lieshout’s private exhibition space.
Keileweg 26, Rotterdam
Fri – Sun, 11:00 – 19:00 hrs
Artworks on display: Wise Guy (2019), Mother Earth Constructivist (2015, on image), Leemwerker (2016), Wall Decoration (2008), Bad Man series (2002), Boat (1983), The Philosopher (2017), Le Corbafrique (2011) and others.
‘Home is a home is a home is a home’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris (FR)
30 November 2019 – 11 January 2020
Home… So many other words spring from this one. At once abode, refuge, shelter, a home exists in our own home, and elsewhere: in a café, a town or city, or a bookshop. But what is this place, really? By dint of making a home from what is not one, what actually hallmarks it vanishes. This is what is proposed by the show’s title, inspired by the famous line of Gertrude Stein taken from her poem Sacred Emily*, written in 1913.
* Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Table wih Mexican Crockery + 8 Shaker Chairs (Sweet), 2006 (on image), Fauteuil Le Corbafrique, 2009, Table (polyester), 1996.
More info via this link
‘A Decade of Wearable Art’, Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, London (UK)
21 November 2019 until 13 December 2019
Various jewellery designs of Atelier Van Lieshout are part of ‘A Decade of Wearable Art’. This exhibition is featuring an eclectic and broad range of wearable art collaborations from the past ten years at the Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery.
The jewellery pieces in collaboration with Cipriani are typical for Atelier Van Lieshout’s deliberate contradictions between form and function. Five Pointed Golden Knuckle, (2010) is on display and can be worn as a ring, but also can be used, if the situation demands, as a weapon. Other AVL jewellery, Ear Hangers (2009), Oval Family (2010) and Happy Cufflinks (2009), are part of the exhibition as well.
Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, London (UK)
Monday to Friday (10am-6pm)⠀⠀
‘Love in a Mist’, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge (USA)
28 October 2019 until 20 December 2019
Womb (2005), is now settled in the USA as it will be shown in a group exhibition at Harvard Graduate School of Design. This group exhibition, “Love in a Mist: The Politics of Fertility”, is exploring several narratives on the spaces and politics of fertility. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Womb is a stylized representation of the interior of the female body, almost a perfect anatomical rendition of one of the organs that keeps us going.⠀⠀⠀
Harvard Graduate School of Design
‘In the Age of Post-Drought’, Transnatural, DDW (NL)
19 October 2019 – 27 October 2019
Atelier Van Lieshout exhibits Excrementus Megalomanus (2019) at the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven. The In The Age of Post-Drought exhibition is dedicated to the global water-related challenges. Due to climate change and the rapid world population growth, water scarcity is grown to be on of the biggest threats facing life on earth in the 21st century. Therefore, the composttoilet is a very low-tech yet very efficient way of recycling human waste.
Hallen (north entrance)
Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL)
‘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)
20 September 2019 – September 2020
Atelier Van Lieshout will mount the massive installation House of Transition for the public art exhibiting FOKUS FAVORITEN in Vienna. The installation consists of the two works Drop Hammer House and Phoenix – together harnessing the power of industrial processes in homage to the former working class neighborhood. Drop Hammer House quite literally smashes metal objects (including cars) into fodder for new products while Phoenix is a series of kilns used to cast iron, smoke fish, bake bread and incinerate waste, transforming detritus into new energy.
Sonnwendplatz, Favoritenstrasse 76, 1100 Vienna
Commissioned by KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien
‘Secret Society’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
7 September 2019 – 22 September 2019
Be welcome to visit the group exhibition Secret Society, on display from the 8th until the 22nd of September. The opening is on Saturday September 7th from 16:00hrs until 21:00 hrs in a yet undisclosed location within the AVL Mundo premises.
Participating artists: Joost Benthem – Vincent Ceraudo – Gaëlle Choisne – Paul Geelen – Carlijn Kingma – Chaim van Luit – David Maroto – Anthony Nestel – Jennifer Rubell – Joop Schafthuizen – Rustan Söderling and others
Curated by: Ellis Kat and Joep van Lieshout
September 8th – September 22nd, 2019.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 – 17:30
AVL Mundo, Keileweg 18, Rotterdam
Entrance = free
‘Dysfunctional’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Venice (IT)
7 May 2019 – 24 November 2019
Group exhibition at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’d’Oro on the Grand Canal during Biennale Arte 2019
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Old Map Lamp (2019), The Clever Lamp (2019), Mammal Lamp (2019), Arianne (2019), Girl Lamp (2019), Ballerina Lamp (2019), Sausage with Funnel Lamp (2019), Small Sausage with Funnel Lamp (2019).
‘Vrijplaats bij MIJ’, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein (NL)
From the 8th of June until mid-October, Atelier Van Lieshout is part of the exhibition Vrijplaats bij MIJ at Museum IJsselstein (NL). The museum hosts a group show with a different societal focus every year. This year’s exhibition is about the concept of freedom, the longing for freedom and places where rules are practically non-existent.
The works by Atelier Van Lieshout come from multiple series and eras: from the utopian and dystopian communities ‘AVL- Ville’ and ‘Slave City’, to the most recent project ‘CryptoFuturism’. The selection of works represent the different ways how Atelier Van Lieshout views free states and how we can reach better futures.
The artwork Cage (2017) is part of the exhibition and represents a deconstructed, distorted cage; a disfigured prison that symbolizes the human longing for freedom. Other artworks on display are: Arschmänner (2004), Walking Stick Hourglass (2018), AVL M80 Mortar (1999)
Participating artists at Vrijplaats bij MIJ: Atelier Van Lieshout, Frank Koolen & Kasper Jacobs, Johan Grimonprez, Hito Steyerl, Rob Voerman, Leonard van Munster, David Bernstein, Manon van Hoeckel, Ursula Jernberg, Merapi Obermayer, Su Tomesen, Rogeria Burgers, Henk Wijnen, sven signe den hartogh, Jonas Wijtenburg en Fedor van Rossem.
For more information: www.museumijsselstein.nl (website in Dutch)
‘Blast Furnace’, Art OMI, Ghent (USA)
25 May 2019 – May 2021
Blast Furnace is a 40-foot-tall maze-like structure comprised of pipes, conveyor elevators, staircases, and mezzanines. Although industrial in form and purpose, the sculpture also contains domestic elements as a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and toilets, all fabricated by Atelier Van Lieshout. In the fictional world of the piece, a “New Tribe” of metal workers, driven by their desire to return to industry, simple products, social cohesion, and the origins of our wealth, design and culture, have created a settlement inside Blast Furnace. Setting the stage for the synthesis of man and machine, this tribe feeds off the heat, waste, and noise of their industrial utopia.
Blast Furnace stems from AVL’s project New Tribal Labyrinth, which reflects on society’s dependence on a complex, globalized economy. The project focuses on the pillars of an alternative society inhabited by imaginary tribes: farming, industry and ritual objects.
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075
‘RENEGADE’, Gió Marconi, Milan (IT)
22 March 2019 – 18 April 2019
With RENEGADE Van Lieshout defines art on his own terms. He challenges the market while giving it what it wants: Van Lieshout, the artist sometimes referred to as designer, will make or take an artwork and turn it into design by just adding a lampshade. Like one of the lamps in the exhibition reads: fuck you very much. With incredible speed Atelier Van Lieshout sculpts a multitude of lamps at a time, thereby quickly accumulating an amount that can spread through the art world like a virus. By adding a lampshade, Van Lieshout presents this new group of works to the public as if it were quickly assembled DIY furniture: large quantities, functional and very accessible.
RENEGADE consists of an arrangement of differently sized lamps which are created, assembled, put together and produced from found objects and simple materials. Some of the lamps even refer back to Van Lieshout’s own historic work exhibited in museums: balaclava masks dangle from metal lampshades; a bust with a gas mask strapped to its head embellishes the lamp pole of a floor lamp; a single, red forlorn lightbulb dimly illuminates the roughly cut out wooden words “GIRLS-GIRLS-GIRLS”; tall, sausage-like organic-looking objects taper into a single burning lightbulb, whereas two beer crates -one of Van Lieshout’s defining iconic sculptures in combination with concrete slabs- build the solid base for a sturdy lamp with a steel shade.
Gió Marconi Gallery
via Tadino 20
I-20124 Milano Italy