'State of Extremes', Design Museum, Holon (IL)


11 December 2019 – 9 May 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.

Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Birds (on image, 2017), Process 50 ton 50 mm (2016), Hydroform gastank 275 BAR (2017), The End of Everything (2017, video)

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Current exhibitions
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 – 9 May 2020
House of Transition, Fokus Favoriten, Vienna, (AT)
20 September 2019 – September 2020
Blast Furnace, Art OMI, Ghent NY, (USA)
25 May 2019 – May 2021

Upcoming exhibitions
Art Rotterdam, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
7 February 2020 – 9 February 2020

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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 Biennale
Anren Szechuan, Chengdu, China

‘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)

‘Pulse’, Licht 2017, Graz (AT)

‘Three Positions. Six Directions.’, König Galerie, Berlin (DE)

‘Henry, de Statistocraat’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (NL)

‘Der Hausfreund’, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (AT)

‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Ruhrtriennale 2016, Bochum (DE)

‘SlaveCity’, De Pont, Tilburg (NL)

‘SlaveCity’, Zuecca Project Space, Venice (IT)

‘Radical Seafaring’, Parrish Art Museum, New York (USA)

‘The Invisible Hand’, Espace Europeen pour la Sculpture, Brussels (BE)

‘Joep van Lieshout’, Jousse Enterprise, Paris (FR)

‘Primitive Modern’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (BE)

‘The Monument’, Nationalgalerie, Berlin (DE)

‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Ruhrtriennale, Bochum (DE)

‘Dans un Interieur’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (BE)

‘Vienna For Arts Sake!’, Belvedere, Vienna (AT)

‘Blast Furnace’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)

‘Power Hammer’, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

‘ART Basel’, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami (USA)

‘Panel Discussion’, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA (USA)