We are proud to announce that the artwork Wombhouse (2004) was in the collection of Antoine de Galbert and is now being donated to Centre Pompidou in Paris!
Its shape is exciting, poetic and beautiful. The womb contains a bedroom – the uterus is considered the safest place in the mind of human beings – heating, air-conditioning, electrical systems, kitchen and shower, while the ovaries contain the toilet and the mini bar. The Womb can make any space function… The Wombhouse is a paradise to live in.
The overview catalogue by NAi publishers, offering a compendium of works by Atelier Van Lieshout from the period 1995 – 2007
New Tribal Labyrinth, a series of objects for imaginary tribes, offers a survey of works from the eponymous project by Atelier Van Lieshout, and was published by Frame to accompany an exhibition at GRIMM Gallery in 2011.
SlaveCity is a functional city state populated by workers whose every function is calculated to maximize profits and minimize waste. The project was subject of an overview catalogue which accompanied the eponymous exhibition at the Folkwang Museum Essen in 2008.
The Manual offers a survey of the early works of Joep van Lieshout, including manuals which offer an insight in the creative process behind the artworks.
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.
Home Futures, The Design Museum, London, United Kingdom
7 November 2018 – 24 March 2019
The Naked Truth, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands
27 January 2019 – 16 June 2019
Freedom, De Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands
18 January 2019 – 12 May 2019
The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth, Pioneer Works, New York, USA
1 March 2019 – 14 April 2019
RENEGADE, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy
21 March 2019 – 18 April 2019
De Kunst van Brood, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9 May 2019 – 12 May 2019
ArtZuid, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 May 2019 – 15 Sepember 2019
Dysfunctional, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Venice Biennale, Italy
18 May 2019 – 24 November 2019
For Atelier Van Lieshout’s largest-scale exhibition of work in the United States, The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth, AVL brings together two ongoing bodies of work, among others, that give the exhibition its name. They transform Pioneer Works into an immersive installation of sculptures and industrial machines. Central to the artist’s New Tribal Labyrinth series is Blast Furnace (2013), an imposing, labyrinthine structure referencing the furnaces traditionally used to produce steel. The sculpture also contains domestic elements such as a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and toilets, an environment inhabited by an imaginary tribe of metalworkers, a “New Tribe” with a visceral desire to return to the beginning of industry, the origins of our culture, wealth, materials, and products. Setting the stage for the synthesis of man and machine, this tribe feeds off the heat, waste, and noise of their industrial utopia. Other works in this series literalize the union of the human and industrial through sculptural representations of sperm and reproductive organs doubling as lamps and furniture. They posit the human body as itself a kind of machine, endlessly procreating. The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth is curated by Gabriel Florenz and Natalie Kovacs and is to be visited from March 1st until April 14th 2019 at Pioneer Works, New York (USA).
AVL Mundo opens its doors during ART Rotterdam 2019 for BIG AND PLENTY, a group exhibition with plenty of big artworks from various artists. The Atelier Van Lieshout workshop will be open for visitors where artists Neo Matloga and Wouter Paijmans will show the works that they made during their residency at AVL Mundo. Sculptures of Atelier Van Lieshout will be on display at the studio and at Joep van Lieshout’s private exhibition space. Other participating artists are Fraser Stewart, Susan Collis, Ade Darmawan, Vincent Ceraudo, Herman Nitsch, Ricardo Van Eyk and Faysal Mroueh.
Last but not least, the work The right to right/wrong from Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson will be permanently installed on the silo of the AVL Mundo premises, to be seen from the sculpture garden.
Thursday 7 Feb – Sunday 10 Feb: 12hrs – 18hrs
Keileweg 18 & 26, free of charge
What is naked in contemporary times? With the
exhibition NAKED – The Vulnerable Body,
Museum Kranenburgh considers the changing
meaning of the naked in the visual culture of the
past decades: from shock to familiarity, from
taboo to openness – and sometimes back again.
Despite revealing our soul and bliss on
Facebook and Instagram, naked nipples remain
strictly taboo. Perfectly photographed bodies on
television, in magazines, and online make us
insecure, uncomfortable even, about our own
bodies. Atelier Van Lieshout presents the
sculptures Penis XL and Womb M.
The artworks are on display untill the 3rd of
The BikiniBar and The Oracle will feature in a benevolent take-over of the city Tilburg in the Netherlands. Atelier Van Lieshout, amongst other national and international artists, presents works as interventions within the city centre; the works intervene with busy areas of the city and the activities of the visiting or local public in these areas.
The event and outside exhibition KAAPSTAD bends the rules and invites the public to participate from Friday the 10th until Sunday the 12th of August.
Atelier Van Lieshout, Mike Bouchet, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson and Riley Harmon contribute to the exhibition What’s wrong with this picture?. This exhibition and its complementary programme, organised by AVL Mundo, will be open from Friday to Sunday from the 7th until the 23rd of September.
What’s wrong with this picture? confronts the public with works that contain dark humour, ask urgent questions and present a bleak view on reality. Atelier Van Lieshout shows works from the SlaveCity project about perceived and mouldable social normalcy, as they reconsider the concept of time, the prospects for society and the role of mankind therein. Visitors are forced to think about what we take for granted and to ask themselves, “What’s wrong with this picture?”
Rodents, genetically modified foods, squeezed out beets, fermented fruits and more. On Friday the 22nd and Saturday 23rd of June, Joep van Lieshout and chef Derk Jan Wooldrik will use a primitive cooking-laboratory, gigantic steel bowls and hydraulic presses to push the limits of the different ingredients and participants.
During the two evenings, a small group of guests will be challenged, stimulated and entertained when confronted with these eatable results and the questions and answers the dinner poses about the food of the future. Tickets are €50,- per person and available via this link. Act fast, as for both evenings there is only limited seating available!
As an artistic project CryptoFood is embedded in Ferrotopia, the latest project by Atelier Van Lieshout. It is a cluster of functional sculptures, celebrating and questioning technological changes. Should we embrace, reject, increase or temper rapid destruction and construction? Are we able to recycle our bad habits? Can we accept the fact that change is almost inevitably accompanied by devastation?
Ferrotopia, the latest art installation by Atelier Van Lieshout, opening at the NDSM-werf on Wednesday 25th April at 19:00h, is an ode to steel and bygone industries that explores new forms of manufacturing in a “circular economy”.
Ferrotopia is a Gesamkunstwerk – a large-scale public project made up of four buildings: Domestikator, Drop Hammer House, Happy Industry and Refectory. Its totem is the iconic Domestikator, a monumental structure that depicts humankind’s domination of nature. Domestikator drew international attention as a hub for the Ruhr Triennial, but its fame exploded with the controversy it caused when the work was invited to be exhibited outside the Louvre, was censored and then adopted by the Centre Pompidou. The work was retrofitted as a pavilion for freedom of expression, hosting a series of screenings, discussions and international debate. In Amsterdam, Domestikator will be joined by the atmospheric Refectory, the Happy Industry Foundry – a functioning metal workshop, and the purpose-built Drop Hammer House, created specifically for the NDSM to represent destruction, recycling and production in a circular economy.
Two new hard-core design products and a selection of sculptures by Atelier Van Lieshout will feature in two curated exhibitions taking place during the 2018 edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan from 16 to 22 April 2018.
Known for his immense and visionary projects that move between visual art, sculpture and “easy-clean design”, Van Lieshout bends all the rules. A sculptor, designer, architect and rebel, he fuses fiction with function, playing with the law by subverting it and creating his own solutions, creating new systems and machinery. Humour and lifestyle form an integral part of Van Lieshout’s work with his inventive “inhabitable” sculptures that bring together functionality and aesthetics in public and private places.
Initiated by Anne van der Zwaag and curated by Maarten Spruyt, the exhibition ‘Nothing New’ is nothing short of spectacular. In a world that really, really doesn’t need another new chair, Lensvelt bought back selection of his own company’s ubiquitous desks and office chairs, second hand on the Dutch website Marktplaats/Ebay/1st Dibs. The used office furniture is combined with, amongst others, an ensemble of Van Lieshout’s kinetic sculptures and Shell Shock Syndrome by Felix Burger, a former AVL Mundo resident.
Moooi travels back to via Savona 56, showcasing a universe of mystical worlds and points of view inspired by the extraordinary diversity of life. It’s a real voyage of discovery! Atelier Van Lieshout’s Liberty Lounger is part of this year’s presentation of Moooi. The first prototype of the Liberty Lounger was created for one of Van Lieshout’s large-scale utopian installations the Blastfurnace.
On the 1st February, the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London will launch a solo-exhibition with functional sculptures by Atelier Van Lieshout. These works, a series of various lamps, are part of the CryptoFuturism series.
“Lust for Life Lamps is about enjoying life and embracing every part of it. Whether it is life, death, dancing, getting old, contemplating or reproducing, all of those things are essential parts of human life. And of course, it is about having lust all your life.”
– Joep van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout’s first video work Cage is currently on display as part of the exhibition PUNK+DANS+KUNST (Punk, dance and art) at SCHUNCK*. The exhibition presents the subversive creativity and the physical, ironic language used in Hail reflected in the work of contemporaries of Michael Clark and Charles Atlas’s day, as well as among modern-day artists active in visual art and dance, music and pop culture, with their rebellious expressions. Some of the angry movements are timeless. Guest curator and choreographer Karin Post has put together a modern-day collage of movement, image and sound, which traces the influence of punk sub-culture and its ‘angry movements’ in dance and visual art.
Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
7 – 9 pm
With Ingrid van der Heijden, Joep van Lieshout, Arjen Oosterman, and Marga Weimans
As a contemporary form of commercialized nostalgia, souvenirs are the ultimate cliche in the representation of a city. Pocket-sized, acritical, and cheap, they populate tourist sites all over the world with a patina of innocence.
Souvenirs produce collective imaginaries made up of lines that follow the profiles of superlative sculptures, buildings, and stories. They have become the reference points that anchor a particular culture in time, representing (consciously or not) political, cultural, and social values.
Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City is organized as part of Storefront’s current exhibition, Souvenirs: New New York Icons. The event invites an international group of architects, designers, photographers, curators, and researchers to reflect upon the objects and imaginaries that define the global city. Participants will reimagine the icons of the city, and will present manifestos for new “souvenirs for an ideal city” in an effort to explore the concept of iconography and what icons mean for the city today.
About the Manifesto Series:
”To launch a manifesto you have to want: A, B & C, and fulminate against 1, 2 & 3. Work yourself up and sharpen your wings…” -Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto (1918)
The Manifesto Series is one of the Storefron’s ongoing event series formats. It seeks to encourage the formulation of positions and instigate spirited discussion and exchange in a dynamic and polemical context. The format therefore differs from that of other talks and presentations. Rather than putting forth a synthetic lecture or a series of projects, participants are invited to deliver a concise, point-by-point manifesto, with the hope that their positions will provide the grounds for discussion to test various hypotheses in real time.
Attendance and Seating:
All Storefront events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with priority seating available for members of Storefront. If you are a member and would like to reserve a seat, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.