CRYPTOFOOD at FERROTOPIA on 22 and 23 June


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?


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 June 2018
Group show

Chapultepec, Mexico D.C., Mexico, in collaboration with Design Week Mexico and Galería OMR
5  March 2018 –

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

Please Touch: Body Boundaries, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ, USA
29 April – 1 August 2018
Group exhibition

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

Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Solo exhibition



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.

Photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
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
Furnication, solo exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 7 – 30 September, Paris
ART Break 2017, 27 August