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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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
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)
Atelier Van Lieshout is looking back at the exhibition CryptoFuturist and New Tribal Labyrinth at Pioneer Works in New York that was on display from the 1st of March until the 14th of April 2019!
The centerpiece of this exhibition was Blast Furnace (2013). This 40-meter tall sculpture and object resembles a steel maze of pipes, conveyor, elevators, staircases, and mezzanines. In the shadow of Blast Furnace were sculptures placed from the series “CryptoFuturism”. Among them were Pendulum Press (2018) and Chicken of the Future (2019).
CryptoFuturist and New Tribal Labyrinth is carefully documented by Pioneer Works. The overview video gives a good impression of the exhibition. Click here.
Pioneer Works hosted several events and performances that reflected on The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth:
Sound poet and improviser Jaap Blonk gave a unique tour through CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth. Click here
‘The End of Everything’ was the theme of an evening of consideration and conversation on economic progress and destruction. The guests were: Paola Antonelli (author, editor, curator), Timothy Furstnau (artist and co-founder of the Museum of Capitalism, Oakland) and Andrea Steves (artist, curator, researcher), Answar Shaikh (economist). The talk was moderated by curator and writer Glenn Adamson. Click here.
Chef Norberto Piattoni returns to Pioneer Works in celebration of the exhibition of Atelier Van Lieshout. He created a menu in response to the exhibition’s thematic focus on sustainability. Click here
We are thrilled to share that Atelier Van Lieshout’s Humanoids are now on display in the Collins Canal Park in Miami Beach!
The Humanoids is a group of statues that consists of nine aluminum sculptures and is the product of Joep van Lieshout’s ongoing fascination with man, machine and humanity. They appear as abstract figures, which use the park and the natural environment as their habitat, formulating a subtle statement about our relationship to nature and our origins. The sculptures will be placed throughout the park, along the canal and amidst the trees. The Humanoids allow you to engage with them as you write, walk, think or talk in the park.
Other artists that featured their work at the Miami Beach Convention Centre are Franz Ackermann, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ellen Harvey, Joseph Kosuth and Sarah Morris.
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.
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