What’s wrong with this picture? – Group exhibition


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?”


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)

Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by enfant terrible and 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.



Gartenschau, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
28 April 2017 – 30 September 2018
Group show

The collection as time machine, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Opening 24 June 2017
Group show

Façade, Middelburg, the Netherlands
14 July 2017 – extended until August 2018
Group show

Ferrotopia, NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 April – 2 December 2018

Orange Schwarz Weiss, Altes Mesnerhaus, Himmelberg, Austria
4 – 26 August 2018
Group exhibition

What’s wrong with this picture?, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
7 – 23 September 2018
Group exhibition

BLOOT / Exposed, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, The Netherlands
14 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
Group exhibition

Tijd, Willem Twee, ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
16 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Solo exhibition

De Naakte Waarheid, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands
27 January – 16 June 2019
Group exhibition

Pioneerworks, New York, USA
11 January – 10 March 2019
Solo exhibition

Bikinibar and Oracle in ‘KAAPSTAD’


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.

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
Domestikator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, opening 19th October 6 PM
Imprevedibile, group exhibition at the Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, 13 October 2017 – 4 February 2018
Public Tour by Joep van Lieshout at Witte de With, 22 September, 18.30
Atelier Van Lieshout solo booth at EXPO CHICAGO, 13 – 17 September