Exhibition ‘Vrijplaats bij MIJ’ at Museum IJsselstein  


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)


Our latest book Dirty Hands is out now!

‘Atelier Van Lieshout has created a book that is up-close, rough and dynamic – celebrating the typical AVL style and working methods. The book leads the reader on a turbulent path through the recent history of the Atelier, with artworks for new worlds and systems.’

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Other Atelier Van Lieshout publications

Click here to download Atelier Van Lieshout publications such as New Tribal Labyrinth, Slave City and A Manual.




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.




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

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

Home Futures, IKEA Museum, Älmhult, Sweden
25 April 2019 – 23 Augustus 2019
Group exhibition

Vrijplaats bij MIJ,  Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein, The Netherlands
8 June 2019 – 13 October 2019
Group exhibition

Mutant Nature, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
19 June 2019 – 24 August 2019 29 August 2019 – 1 September 2019
Group exhibition


Into The Great Wide Open-FestivalVlieland, The Netherlands
29 August 2019 – 1 September 2019

Secret SocietyAVL Mundo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
7 September 2019 – 22 September 2019

House of Transition, Fokus Favoriten, Vienna, Austria
20 September 2019 – September 2020

Looking back to the solo exhibition CryptoFuturist and New Tribal Labyrinth in New York


Atelier Van Lieshout is looking back tt 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

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
Ruhrtriennale 2017, 18 August – 30 September
Huis – Facade 2017, 14 July – 5 November
Model La Machine Celibataire – ArtBasel 2017, 15 -18 June