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).


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

Exposición Inaugural, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Querétaro, Mexico
9 November 2018 – 3 March 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



Group exhibition ‘BIG AND PLENTY’, 6 – 10 February 2019


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

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
Ruhrtriennale 2017, 18 August – 30 September
Huis – Facade 2017, 14 July – 5 November
Model La Machine Celibataire – ArtBasel 2017, 15 -18 June
Atelier Van Lieshout at ARTZUID 2017, May 19 – September 17
Kiss at Galerie König, Gallery Weekend Berlin, 28 – 30 April
Pulse at Licht 2017, Graz, April 21 – June 4
Atelier Van Lieshout at Art Basel Hong Kong, 23 – 25 March, HK SAR