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)
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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.
Dysfunctional, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Venice Biennale, Italy
8 May 2019 – 24 November 2019
Beelden in Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands
16 May 2019 – 4 August 2019
ArtZuid, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 May 2019 – 15 September 2019
Home Futures, IKEA Museum, Älmhult, Sweden
25 April 2019 – 23 Augustus 2019
Vrijplaats bij MIJ, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein, The Netherlands
8 June 2019 – 15 October 2019
Mutant Nature, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
19 June 2019 – 24 August 2019
The Naked Truth, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands
27 January 2019 – 16 June 2019
The Uncanny Valley, FuturDome, Milan, Italy
1 April 2019 – 25 May 2019
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
Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
7 – 9 pm
With Ingrid van der Heijden, Joep van Lieshout, Arjen Oosterman, and Marga Weimans
As a contemporary form of commercialized nostalgia, souvenirs are the ultimate cliche in the representation of a city. Pocket-sized, acritical, and cheap, they populate tourist sites all over the world with a patina of innocence.
Souvenirs produce collective imaginaries made up of lines that follow the profiles of superlative sculptures, buildings, and stories. They have become the reference points that anchor a particular culture in time, representing (consciously or not) political, cultural, and social values.
Manifesto Series: Souvenirs for an Ideal City is organized as part of Storefront’s current exhibition, Souvenirs: New New York Icons. The event invites an international group of architects, designers, photographers, curators, and researchers to reflect upon the objects and imaginaries that define the global city. Participants will reimagine the icons of the city, and will present manifestos for new “souvenirs for an ideal city” in an effort to explore the concept of iconography and what icons mean for the city today.
About the Manifesto Series:
”To launch a manifesto you have to want: A, B & C, and fulminate against 1, 2 & 3. Work yourself up and sharpen your wings…” -Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto (1918)
The Manifesto Series is one of the Storefron’s ongoing event series formats. It seeks to encourage the formulation of positions and instigate spirited discussion and exchange in a dynamic and polemical context. The format therefore differs from that of other talks and presentations. Rather than putting forth a synthetic lecture or a series of projects, participants are invited to deliver a concise, point-by-point manifesto, with the hope that their positions will provide the grounds for discussion to test various hypotheses in real time.
Attendance and Seating:
All Storefront events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with priority seating available for members of Storefront. If you are a member and would like to reserve a seat, contact email@example.com.
Atelier Van Lieshout, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and FIAC are proud to present Domestikator at the Centre Pompidou!
Please join us for the opening event on Thursday the 19th October:
6PM – 9PM: reception and cocktail
7 PM: artist talk by Joep van Lieshout
9PM – 11PM: Cocktail reception at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 54 rue de la Verrerie 75004
The artwork will host an ongoing series of impromptu discussions, performances and screenings. This Salon will be inaugurated with a discussion between friends and artists Xavier Veilhan and Joep van Lieshout, on Thursday 19th October at 11 AM
After the Musée du Louvre decided the sculpture was too provocative for the Jardin de Tuilleries, the artwork will now be installed at the square next to the Fontaine Stravinsky.
Joep van Lieshout: “I’m very pleased that the Centre Pompidou was able to see beyond the sensationalized interpretations of this work, and offered to present it during FIAC. By exhibiting this work, the institution is not only allowing the public to properly experience its artistic and intrinsic values, but it also opens up a broader discussion about the current challenges and complexities in the relationships between artists, institutions, public, and press – and their subsequent impact on artistic freedom.
Domestikator was always intended to be a catalyst for thought, as it addresses the very serious issue of how humans employ technology – with ingenuity, creativity, sophistication and persistence – to change the world into a “better” place, often domesticating it in the process. In order to push the boundaries of human experience and longevity, we have developed new technologies, like artificial intelligence, genetic manipulation, robotics and industrial farming, which push our ethical borders, without any real understanding of the long term consequences.
I am pleased that visitors to the Pompidou will have the opportunity to experience this work and hope that it generates questions and dialogue around the complexity of the issue of domestication – particularly its inherent hypocrisy, and the disconcerting fact that we are still without any real policy or regulation to govern this increasingly intrepid behavior.
Now, in addition to these meanings, the installation has inadvertently become a catalyst for a conversation about the freedom of expression, which is an urgent topic today. I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude to FIAC, Centre Pompidou, Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery, the city of Paris and my studio team for making this installation possible, and to the public who took to various platforms to voice their opposition to its censorship. I’m truly grateful for everyone’s support.”
A public program will take place around the Domestikator, please check this site or facebook for regular updates!
Atelier Van Lieshout is proud to be part of the opening exhibition of the new Centro Arte e Scienze Golinelli in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition, with the title Imprevedibili, essere pronti per il futuro senza sapere come sara (Unforeseable, being ready for the future without knowing what it will be like), shows a selection of works which all reflect on a possible future, including Atelier van Lieshout’s Cow of the Future and Food Reaktor.
For aditional information, please see the website of the Fondazione Golinelli
For the duration of the exhibition Öğüt & Macuga Episode 2: The Show Is Over at Witte de With Center for Centemporary Art, ‘guest readers’ are invited to interpret, critique, analyze, translate, and disrupt the very choices made in the exhibition. Each invited ‘reader’ responds to the exhibition drawing from their own background and interests, opening up the documents and works on view to new interpretations and perspectives.
Throughout the Fall of 2017, public tours of Öğüt & Macuga Episode 2: The Show Is Over will be given by: Joep Van Lieshout (Artist), Dirk Snauwaert (Director WIELS, Brussels) and Charles Esche (director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven).
Joep van Lieshout’s exhibition reading takes place on
Friday 22 September
18.30 – 19.30
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50
The exhibition readings are open to all and free of charge.
For more information please see the website of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
We’re happy to announce we will be showing a mini retrospective at Expo Chicago at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery booth.
The exhibition is a chance see a selection of works from projects such as CryptoFuturism, New Tribal Labyrinth, SlaveCity and Technocrat.
The fair runs from Wednesday 13 until Sunday 17 September
A solo exhibition by Joep van Lieshout, Furnification features the results of the artist’s recent sculptural experiments that that form part of the series, CryptoFururism. By revisiting the Italian Futurists, the series explores resonances with emerging fascist tendencies today, revealing the interplay between utopia and destruction. In Furnification, van Lieshout not only pushes the limits of materials, but also questions civilization itself.
More information can be found on the gallery website
On August 27, 2017 the first edition of ART Break will take place. This festival will transform the beach of Hoek van Holland into a celebration of art and coast. With ART Break Hoek van Holland finally has its own festival. From an art installation, classical music to a live painting performance and a treasure hunt through the Atlantik Wall, ART Break is for everyone!
The initiators of the festival, the entrepreneurs of the Rechtestraat, want to show how special Hoek van Holland is and how much culture this beach town has to offer. ‘’Hoek van Holland has six museums and is a place where a lot of Rotterdam-based artist take their summer break, but a lot of people aren’t aware of this’’, says Freek Ruigrok of DeSurfschool.nl, one of the entrepreneurs.
The eye catcher of ART Break will be Atelier Van Lieshout’s Bikinibar laying on the beach! The Bikinibar was created in 2006 as a place where people can withdraw from the busy beach life or bad weather. But it is only now that she can finally lay on the destination where she was intended for: the white sands of Hoek van Holland.
The festival takes place on Sunday the 27th of August 2017 and starts at 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening. The programme offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages such as surfing lessons for children, a hip-hop workshop, but also various concerts and a live painting performance by Solko Schalm, the unofficial port painter of Rotterdam. The festival can be visited free of charge. Hope to see you there!
Sunday August 27
10 am – 6 pm
Hoek van Holland – Rechtestraat
For the third and last time Atelier Van Lieshout will use the interplay of grouped works and individual pieces to transform the outside the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum into a powerful and highly topical installation. Alongside the new works, familiar pieces from the previous two years can also be found including the ‘Domestikator’, ‘BarRectum’, and the ‘Sanitary Silos’. The ‘Refektorium’ will host a wide-ranging programme of free events which establishes connections to van Lieshout’s art and to other Ruhrtriennale productions.
The installation and with it the Ruhrtriennale festival centre will be opened on 18th August at 4.30 pm in the presence of the artist.
Ruhrtriennale 2017, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany
18 August – 30 September 2017
July 14 will see the opening of Façade 2017, where you can see Huis (2017) by Atelier Van Lieshout. Huis presents the audience with a deconstructed, distorted cage; a disfigured prison that symbolizes the human longing for freedom.
In addition, Atelier van Lieshout captured the deconstructive process of Huis in collaboration with filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz. The straight-edged cage was pushed apart with the use of heavy, self-made machines – i.e. a large drop hammer and hydraulic press with pressure. This film will be on display at CBK Zeeland, Middelburg.
Façade 2017 will run from July 14th until November 5th 2017
For more information about the locations and other artworks on display please see the CBK Zeeland website:
At this year’s Art Basel, Atelier Van Lieshout is proud to be represented by Galería OMR, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Galerie Krinzinger – who are showing Model La Machine Celibataire (2012) at their booth.
Please check the website of ArtBasel for more information about the other galleries, artworks and activities. The 2017 fair takes place from June 15th until June 18th