‘Wombhouse’ (2004) donated to Centre Pompidou


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.


Atelier Van Lieshout

The overview catalogue by NAi publishers, offering a compendium of works by Atelier Van Lieshout from the period 1995 – 2007

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New Tribal Labyrinth

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.

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Slave City

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.

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AVL – A Manual

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.

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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.




Home Futures, The Design Museum, London, United Kingdom
7 November 2018 – 24 March 2019
Group exhibition

The Naked TruthRijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands
27 January 2019 – 16 June 2019
Group exhibition

Freedom, De Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands
18 January 2019 – 12 May 2019
Group exhibition

The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth, Pioneer Works, New York, USA
1 March 2019 – 14 April 2019
Solo exhibition


RENEGADE, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy
21 March 2019 – 18 April 2019
Solo exhibition

De Kunst van Brood, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9 May 2019 – 12 May 2019
Group exhibition

ArtZuid, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 May 2019 – 15 Sepember 2019
Group exhibition

Dysfunctional, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Venice Biennale, Italy
18 May 2019 – 24 November 2019
Group exhibition



Solo exhibition at Pioneer Works in New York (USA)


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).

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
Cage on display at PUNK+DANS+KUNST in SCHUNCK*
ART Rotterdam 2018
Art Basel Miami Beach, 7 – 10 December
Artist talk by Joep van Lieshout at Storefront for Art and Architecture, 28 November, 7 – 9 PM