Group exhibition Secret Society at AVL Mundo


The artists are uncovering the paradox of a secret. After all, a secret only exists when it’s shared, yet disappears the moment it comes out publicly.

Feel welcome to visit the group exhibition Secret Society, on display from the 8th until the 22nd of September. The opening will be 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

Saturday September 7th, 16:00 hrs – 21:00 hrs

September 8th – September 22nd, 2019.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 – 17:30

Every Saturday afternoon there is a free guided tour at 14:00

AVL Mundo, Keileweg 18, Rotterdam
Entrance = free

Image: Rustan Söderling – Let me Speak to the Driver, 2019


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About AVL

Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein, The Netherlands)

Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by sculptor Joep van Lieshout. After graduating at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Van Lieshout quickly rose to fame with projects that travelled between the world of easy-clean design and the non-functional area of art: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias.

In 1995, Van Lieshout founded his studio and has been working solely under the studio’s name ever since. The studio moniker exists in Van Lieshout’s practice as a methodology toward undermining the myth of the artistic genius. Over the past three decades, Van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture. By investigating the thin line between manufacturing art and mass-producing functional objects, he seeks to find the boundaries between fantasy and function, between fertility and destruction.

With this body of work, comprising both autonomous and commissioned artworks, he has gained a strong international reputation.



Current and upcoming exhibitions

Secret Society, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
7 September 2019 – 22 September 2019

House of Transition, Fokus Favoriten, KÖR, Vienna, Austria
20 September 2019 – September 2020

State of Extremes, Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv, Israel
11 December 2019 – April 2020

In The Age of Post-Drought, Transnatural, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
19 October 2019 – 27 October 2019

Blast Furnace, Art OMI, Ghent NY, United States of America
25 May 2019 – May 2021

Dysfunctional, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Venice Biennale, Italy
7 May 2019 – 24 November 2019

ArtZuid, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 May 2019 – 15 September 2019

Vrijplaats bij mij, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein, The Netherlands
8 June 2019 – 15 October 2019



Exhibition ‘Vrijplaats bij MIJ’ at Museum IJsselstein  


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: (website in Dutch)

Looking back to the solo exhibition CryptoFuturist and New Tribal Labyrinth in New York
‘Humanoids’ on display in Miami Beach
‘Wombhouse’ (2004) donated to Centre Pompidou
Solo exhibition at Pioneer Works in New York (USA)
Group exhibition ‘BIG AND PLENTY’, 6 – 10 February 2019
NAKED – Group exhibition at Museum Kranenburgh (NL)
Bikinibar and Oracle in ‘KAAPSTAD’
What’s wrong with this picture? – Group exhibition
CRYPTOFOOD at FERROTOPIA on 22 and 23 June
Lazy Modernist and Liberty Lounger presented at the Salone del Mobile
Lust for Life Lamps