‘State of Extremes’, Design Museum, Holon (IL)
11 December 2019 – 9 May 2020
We live in a state of extremes. Extreme weather, as a result of climate change, is both scorching and inundating the planet with record temperatures, unprecedented wildfires and ever more frequent and severe droughts, storms and floods. Meanwhile, extreme ideologies and political positions are being amplified by the media’s news cycles and the echo chamber of the Internet, further polarizing societies already inflamed by extreme, and growing, inequality and resentments. Extremes breed more extremes, creating self-reinforcing cycles of pushback and backlash, and fueling spiraling feedback loops of increasing intensity.
More info via this link
‘Home is a home is a home is a home’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris (FR)
30 November 2019 – 11 January 2020
Home… So many other words spring from this one. At once abode, refuge, shelter, a home exists in our own home, and elsewhere: in a café, a town or city, or a bookshop. But what is this place, really? By dint of making a home from what is not one, what actually hallmarks it vanishes. This is what is proposed by the show’s title, inspired by the famous line of Gertrude Stein taken from her poem Sacred Emily*, written in 1913.
* Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Table wih Mexican Crockery + 8 Shaker Chairs (Sweet), 2006 (on image), Fauteuil Le Corbafrique, 2009, Table (polyester), 1996.
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‘A Decade of Wearable Art’, Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, London (UK)
21 November 2019 until 13 December 2019
Various jewellery designs of Atelier Van Lieshout are part of ‘A Decade of Wearable Art’. This exhibition is featuring an eclectic and broad range of wearable art collaborations from the past ten years at the Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery.
The jewellery pieces in collaboration with Cipriani are typical for Atelier Van Lieshout’s deliberate contradictions between form and function. Five Pointed Golden Knuckle, (2010) is on display and can be worn as a ring, but also can be used, if the situation demands, as a weapon. Other AVL jewellery, Ear Hangers (2009), Oval Family (2010) and Happy Cufflinks (2009), are part of the exhibition as well.
Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery, London (UK)
Monday to Friday (10am-6pm)⠀⠀
‘Love in a Mist’, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge (USA)
28 October 2019 until 20 December 2019
Womb (2005), is now settled in the USA as it will be shown in a group exhibition at Harvard Graduate School of Design. This group exhibition, “Love in a Mist: The Politics of Fertility”, is exploring several narratives on the spaces and politics of fertility. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Womb is a stylized representation of the interior of the female body, almost a perfect anatomical rendition of one of the organs that keeps us going.⠀⠀⠀
Harvard Graduate School of Design
‘In the Age of Post-Drought’, Transnatural, DDW (NL)
19 October 2019 – 27 October 2019
Atelier Van Lieshout exhibits Excrementus Megalomanus (2019) at the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven. The In The Age of Post-Drought exhibition is dedicated to the global water-related challenges. Due to climate change and the rapid world population growth, water scarcity is grown to be on of the biggest threats facing life on earth in the 21st century. Therefore, the composttoilet is a very low-tech yet very efficient way of recycling human waste.
Hallen (north entrance)
Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL)
A Confrontation of Ideals’, Anren Biennale, Anren (CN)
12 October 2019 – 12 February 2020
Atelier Van Lieshout exhibits The Mechanical Turks (2015) at the Anren Biennale, China. The Biennial entitled, A Confrontation of Ideals is the second to take place in the historic city of Chengdu in Sichuan province, examining questions concerning humane, civilized community while sharing artists’ thoughts and efforts to deal with the complex realities of the world. The two automaton heads in The Mechanical Turks argue with one another in an accompanying audio work about whether to become Modernists or Primitivists.
Anren Szechuan, Chengdu, China
‘Killing Time’, Willem Twee, Den Bosch (NL)
22 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Pipebomb (2002), Fog Horn (2017), Pipe Bomb Clock Small, Medium, Large (2018), Walking Stick #5 (2018), Back To The Future Clock (2018), Hourglass Large (2018), Willem de Zwijger (2018), Naar de Kloten Klok (2018), Gallow Clock (2018), Pendulum (2018).
Willem Twee, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
‘Dark Fantasy’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
11 October 2019 – 16 November 2019
Dark Fantasy guides the viewer through a whimsical world of the fantastic and the obscure, questioning the constraints of reality and what it means to dream. The group exhibition explores over a decade of functional art from 24 artists from Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s program, creating a dialogue between space, time and contemporary archeology.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Reclining Figure (2019), Deer Lamp (2017), Model The Burghers (2016), Bambino Lamp (2014), Embrace (2015)
UTA Artist Space, 403 Foothill Rd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
‘Dysfunctional’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Venice (IT)
7 May 2019 – 24 November 2019
Group exhibition at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’d’Oro on the Grand Canal during Biennale Arte 2019
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Old Map Lamp (2019), The Clever Lamp (2019), Mammal Lamp (2019), Arianne (2019), Girl Lamp (2019), Ballerina Lamp (2019), Sausage with Funnel Lamp (2019), Small Sausage with Funnel Lamp (2019).
‘RENEGADE’, Gió Marconi, Milan (IT)
22 March 2019 – 18 April 2019
With RENEGADE Van Lieshout defines art on his own terms. He challenges the market while giving it what it wants: Van Lieshout, the artist sometimes referred to as designer, will make or take an artwork and turn it into design by just adding a lampshade. Like one of the lamps in the exhibition reads: fuck you very much. With incredible speed Atelier Van Lieshout sculpts a multitude of lamps at a time, thereby quickly accumulating an amount that can spread through the art world like a virus. By adding a lampshade, Van Lieshout presents this new group of works to the public as if it were quickly assembled DIY furniture: large quantities, functional and very accessible.
RENEGADE consists of an arrangement of differently sized lamps which are created, assembled, put together and produced from found objects and simple materials. Some of the lamps even refer back to Van Lieshout’s own historic work exhibited in museums: balaclava masks dangle from metal lampshades; a bust with a gas mask strapped to its head embellishes the lamp pole of a floor lamp; a single, red forlorn lightbulb dimly illuminates the roughly cut out wooden words “GIRLS-GIRLS-GIRLS”; tall, sausage-like organic-looking objects taper into a single burning lightbulb, whereas two beer crates -one of Van Lieshout’s defining iconic sculptures in combination with concrete slabs- build the solid base for a sturdy lamp with a steel shade.
Gió Marconi Gallery
via Tadino 20
I-20124 Milano Italy
‘Mutant Nature’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris (FR)
19 June 2019 – 24 August 2019
Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
‘ArtZuid 2019’, Amsterdam (NL)
17 May 2019 – 15 September 2019
The sixth edition of ARTZUID took place from May 17th till September 15th 2019. The Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial presented an exhibition to experience featuring over 80 figurative sculptures and spatial art installations. The heart of the exhibition lies in Berlage’s monumental Plan Zuid area with its leafy avenues Apollolaan and Minervalaan. This green space served as a backdrop for the theatrical grouping of modern and contemporary figurative sculptures which were interspersed with interactive spatial installations. ARTZUID 2019 included an extensive peripheral programme of activities including artist talks, an educational programme and art walks. Every edition the free exhibition is open 24/7.
‘Blast Furnace’, Art OMI, Ghent (USA)
25 May 2019 – May 2021
Blast Furnace is a 40-foot-tall maze-like structure comprised of pipes, conveyor elevators, staircases, and mezzanines. Although industrial in form and purpose, the sculpture also contains domestic elements as a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and toilets, all fabricated by Atelier Van Lieshout. In the fictional world of the piece, a “New Tribe” of metal workers, driven by their desire to return to industry, simple products, social cohesion, and the origins of our wealth, design and culture, have created a settlement inside Blast Furnace. Setting the stage for the synthesis of man and machine, this tribe feeds off the heat, waste, and noise of their industrial utopia.
Blast Furnace stems from AVL’s project New Tribal Labyrinth, which reflects on society’s dependence on a complex, globalized economy. The project focuses on the pillars of an alternative society inhabited by imaginary tribes: farming, industry and ritual objects.
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075
‘House of Transition’, Fokus Favoriten, Vienna (AT)
20 September 2019 – September 2020
Atelier Van Lieshout will mount the massive installation House of Transition for the public art exhibiting FOKUS FAVORITEN in Vienna. The installation consists of the two works Drop Hammer House and Phoenix – together harnessing the power of industrial processes in homage to the former working class neighborhood. Drop Hammer House quite literally smashes metal objects (including cars) into fodder for new products while Phoenix is a series of kilns used to cast iron, smoke fish, bake bread and incinerate waste, transforming detritus into new energy.
Sonnwendplatz, Favoritenstrasse 76, 1100 Vienna
Commissioned by KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien
‘Secret Society’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
7 September 2019 – 22 September 2019
Be welcome to visit the group exhibition Secret Society, on display from the 8th until the 22nd of September. The opening is on Saturday September 7th from 16:00hrs until 21:00 hrs in a yet undisclosed location within the AVL Mundo premises.
Participating artists: Joost Benthem – Vincent Ceraudo – Gaëlle Choisne – Paul Geelen – Carlijn Kingma – Chaim van Luit – David Maroto – Anthony Nestel – Jennifer Rubell – Joop Schafthuizen – Rustan Söderling and others
September 8th – September 22nd, 2019.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 – 17:30
AVL Mundo, Keileweg 18, Rotterdam
Entrance = free
‘Vrijplaats bij MIJ’, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein (NL)
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)
‘The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth’, Pioneer Works, 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).
‘BIG AND PLENTY’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
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
‘Naked’, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (NL)
What is naked in contemporary times? With the exhibition NAKED – The Vulnerable Body, Museum Kranenburgh considers the changing meaning of the naked in the visual culture of the
past decades: from shock to familiarity, from taboo to openness – and sometimes back again. Despite revealing our soul and bliss on Facebook and Instagram, naked nipples remain strictly taboo. Perfectly photographed bodies on television, in magazines, and online make us insecure, uncomfortable even, about our own bodies. Atelier Van Lieshout presents the sculptures Penis XL and Womb M.
The artworks are on display untill the 3rd of February 2019.
‘What’s wrong with this picture?’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
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?”
‘Ferrotopia’, NDSM, Amsterdam (NL)
25 April 2018 – 2 December 2018
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.
‘Lust for Life’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London (UK)
On the 1st February, the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London will launch a solo-exhibition with functional sculptures by Atelier Van Lieshout. These works, a series of various lamps, are part of the CryptoFuturism series.
“Lust for Life Lamps is about enjoying life and embracing every part of it. Whether it is life, death, dancing, getting old, contemplating or reproducing, all of those things are essential parts of human life. And of course, it is about having lust all your life.”
– Joep van Lieshout
‘PUNK+DANS+KUNST’, SCHUNCK*, Heerlen (NL)
Atelier Van Lieshout’s first video work Cage is currently on display as part of the exhibition PUNK+DANS+KUNST (Punk, dance and art) at SCHUNCK*. The exhibition presents the subversive creativity and the physical, ironic language used in Hail reflected in the work of contemporaries of Michael Clark and Charles Atlas’s day, as well as among modern-day artists active in visual art and dance, music and pop culture, with their rebellious expressions. Some of the angry movements are timeless. Guest curator and choreographer Karin Post has put together a modern-day collage of movement, image and sound, which traces the influence of punk sub-culture and its ‘angry movements’ in dance and visual art.
‘Back to the future?!’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
‘Domestikator’, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
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!
‘Imprevedibile’, Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna (IT)
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
‘Furnication’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris (FR)
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
‘Bikinibar’, ART Break 2017, Hoek van Holland (NL)
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
‘Façade 2017’, Middelburg (NL)
July 14 will see the opening of Façade 2017, where you can see Cage (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:
‘ArtZuid 2017’, Amsterdam (NL)
Visitors and residents of Amsterdam are once again welcome to visit ARTZUID, this time for it’s 5th edition. Presented as a 5km art route you are guided past 60 monumental art works from Dutch and International abstract artists. The outdoor exhibition is being brought to you by Rudi Fuchs, art historian and former director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
With a duration of 4 months and free entry, visitors can also partake in one of the daily guided tours or guest lectures in the surrounding hotels and museums.
For more information and locations please visit the ARTZUID website.
ARTZUID takes place between May 19 and September 17 2017
‘Pulse’, Licht 2017, Graz (AT)
We’re happy to announce that the artwork Pulse has been slected for the manifestation Licht 2017 in Graz, Austria. The work will be on display on the Kapistran-Pieller-Platz, opposite to the Kunsthaus Graz, from the 21st of April until the 4th of June.
Pulse is an interactive installation which aims to engage the inhabitants of Graz and to be at the heart of the community, expressing the pulse, the life of the city. The artwork is as a beacon, sending out lightsignals. These lightsignals will ‘beat’ to the same ‘rhytym’ as the pulse of a human heart. Every time a child is born in the Graz – which is approximately 11 times a day – the pulse and the intensity of the light will become stronger.
With this artwork, Atelier Van Lieshout wants to create a poetic collective moment for the citizens of Graz. Every time Pulse’s light intensifies, the artwork will celebrate the beginning of a human life, a new member of the community added. The artwork will enhance the existing sense of community, both by creating a collective experience and by serving as a physical landmark.
For more information about the work and the manifestation Licht 2017, please check the website of the KIÖR – Kunst in Offentlichen Raum Steiermark
‘Poly Pluto Pluri’, Galería OMR, Mexico City (MX)
The 22nd of April 2017 will see the opening of Poly Pluto Pluri at Galería OMR, the first solo exhibition of Atelier Van Lieshout in Mexico.
– Poly derives from πολύς, ancient Greek for many, much
– Pluto derives from πλουτος, ancient Greek for wealth
– Pluri means several, many in Latin
Roughly translated as ´more more more´, Poly Pluto Pluri presents a selection of the work of Atelier Van Lieshout, offering an overview of artist Joep van Lieshout´s practice from the early 1990’s until the present day. Fuelled by Van Lieshout´s fascination with ´man and machine´, Poly Pluto Pluri charts the development of new technologies congruent to the advancement of humanity, with all of its successes and more notably, its failures.
‘Three Positions. Six Directions.’, König Galerie, Berlin (DE)
We’re happy to announce our participation in the group show ‘Three Positions. Six Directions. Chapter 1: The Brutalist Ideal’, at Berlin’s König Galerie!
This show presents both impressions from and reactions to the architecture, the history, and the repurposing of the St Agnes church, which is currently in use as König Galerie’s main exhibition space – for an impression please check the gallery website
St. Agnes is a prime example of Brutalist architecture. More than style or fashion, Brutalism was a mentality and even a philosophy that inspired the simplicity, physical and ethical gravity, and economy that the church building embodies. It is with these same reductive ideas that the artworks presented in the show were born. Brutalism’s efficiency is reflected, for instance, in the artworks from Atelier Van Lieshout’s Slave City series, which extends these principles to a societal perspective. Added to this are recent works from the series Cryptofuturism, in which Atelier Van Lieshout researches the origin of matter, material and form.
The exhibition opens on Friday 20 January and runs until 12 February, at König Galerie, Alexandrinenstrasse 118 – 121, Berlin, Germany.
‘Henry, de Statistocraat’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (NL)
From the 2nd of December, the foyer of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag features the new artwork Henry, de Statistocraat by Atelier Van Lieshout. The eight-metre-high sculpture is designed to serve as a visitor information desk and is a humorous nod to the ‘rivalry’ between H.P. Berlage, architect of the Gemeentemuseum, and his Belgian contemporary and confrere Henry Van de Velde.
The commission was prompted by the Gemeentemuseum’s desire for a visitor information desk worthy of a great public art gallery. It had to be different from the usual nondescript counters found in railway stations, airports, municipal offices, cinemas and shops. Museum director Benno Tempel: “In many museums, the entrance hall is essentially no different from the equivalent in any railway station or airport. That’s why we’ve brought in the enfant terrible of the Dutch art world to design something completely out of the ordinary. The result is a distinctive information desk that will leave visitors in no possible doubt that this is a space for the arts.”
Berlage and Van der Velde
Van Lieshout’s creation, Henry, the Statistocrat, makes playful reference to the work of Belgian artist, designer and architect Henry van de Velde – a founder of art nouveau, trailblazer for the later Bauhaus, and famous in the Netherlands primarily as the architect of the Kröller-Müller Museum.
In terms of artistic ideas, Berlage and Van de Velde had much in common: both sought to eliminate the distinction between art and design and to approach architecture as a Gesamtkunstwerk. At the same time, they were rivals who competed for major contracts – especially for museum buildings. Berlage also produced a design for the Kröller-Müller Museum (which was rejected), and with Henry, the Statistocrat Van de Velde has now placed his stamp on the Gemeentemuseum.
Photography: Gerrit Schreurs
‘Der Hausfreund’, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (AT)
Der Hausfreund is your most ambiguous friend. Like the postman, he comes around all too often, especially when you yourself are not around. A friend of different faces and functions – just like the multifaceted artworks of Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout. The eponymous exhibition at Galerie Krinzinger shows a selection of his recent artworks, which ask questions about destruction and renewal, coincidence and concept, minimalism and functionality.
Opening: November 24 , 2016
Duration: November 25 – January 14, 2017
Galerie Krinzinger, Seilerstätte 16, 1010 Vienna
‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Ruhrtriennale 2016, Bochum (DE)
Ruhrtriennale, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany
‘SlaveCity’, Zuecca Project Space, Venice (IT)
SlaveCity by Joep van Lieshout
Zuecca Project Space, Venice, Italy
26 May – 30 July 2016
Parallel with the Biennale di Venezia, Zuecca Project Space will be showcasing a selection of architectural models from SlaveCity
‘SlaveCity’, De Pont, Tilburg (NL)
11 June 2016 – 2 October 2016
As part of the Jheronimusch Bosch 500 manifestation, Atelier Van Lieshout will present the Gesamtkunstwerk SlaveCity (2005 – 2009), as well as recent works, as part of a large solo exhibition at Museum De Pont in Tilburg.
De Pont, Tilburg, the Netherlands
‘Radical Seafaring’, Parrish Art Museum, New York (USA)
8 May – 24 July 2016
A survey of artists’ site-specific projects on the water, including Atelier Van Lieshouts Women on Waves container.
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
‘The Invisible Hand’, Espace Europeen pour la Sculpture, Brussels (BE)
Parc Tournay-Solvay, Brussles, Belgium
12 April – 11 Sept 2016
outdoor exhibition at the Espace Europeen pour la Sculpture, with new and recent work, curated by Natalie Kovacs
‘Joep van Lieshout’, Jousse Enterprise, Paris (FR)
19 March 2016 – 7 May 2016
recent work by Atelier Van Lieshout at Jousse Entreprise, 6 rue Saint-Claude, Paris
Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France
‘Primitive Modern’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
19 November – 19 December 2015
Atelier Van Lieshouts upcoming solo show at Almine Rech Gallery will show recent works from the new Primitive Modernist series
‘The Monument’, Nationalgalerie, Berlin (DE)
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Inauguration Monday 14 Sept 2015
Atelier Van Lieshout, in collaboration with the Nationalgalerie, will be showing this public artwork on the Museuminsel for the next two years.
‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Ruhrtriennale, Bochum (DE)
14 Aug – 26 Sept 2015
Atelier Van Lieshouts largest installation to date, a festival village including new work Domestikator and older iconic works.
Ruhrtriennale, Bochum, Germany
‘Dans un Interieur’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (BE)
12 March 2015 – 11 April 2015
‘Dans un intérieur’
Following on the 2014 exhibition in Paris, Almine Rech Gallery displayed the second edition “Dans un intérieur – Meubles, oeuvres murals & textiles d’artistes’ in Brussels.
The exhibition offers a contemporary outlook on creation in the broadest sense of the term. It also plays freely with the idea of a domestic installation that has more to do with the apartment of an amateur than the white cube that is the gallery.
Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
‘Vienna For Arts Sake!’, Belvedere, Vienna (AT)
27 February 2015 – 31 May 2015
Showing Atelier Van Lieshouts latest work: The Mechanical Turks (2015).
Winter Palace, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
‘Blast Furnace’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
Atelier Van Lieshout/AVL-Mundo, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
From Thursday the 5th until Sunday the 8th of February, our workshop and exhibition space will be open to the public, daily between 1 pm and 9 pm
On display for the first time in the Netherlands will be the Blast Furnace, a more than 11 metre high steel installation that pays homage to our industrial past yet at the same time offers us a glimpse of production methods of the future.
Additionally, the AVL team will be casting, melting and forging in the smoldering ovens and rudimental machinery from the Happy Industry installation. Both the Blast Furnace and Happy Industry will be installed especially for Art Rotterdam.
Location: Keileweg 18, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
How to reach us: Atelier Van Lieshout/AVL-Mundo is an official stop on the Art Rotterdam shuttle bus service
This event is part of the Art Rotterdam Week.
‘Power Hammer’, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
10 Januari – 7 March 2015
Frans Halsstraat 26, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
‘ART Basel’, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami (USA)
4 – 7 December 2014
Miami, USA, with Galerie Krinzinger and Galeria OMR
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, USA
‘Panel Discussion’, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Thursday 20 November 2014
Panel Discussion: “Design as Survival, Resistance, and Transformative Action”.
Panel discussion with Lucy & Jorge Orta, Rikke Luther and Joep van Lieshout, moderated by Krzysztof Wodiczko. Free and open to the public, more info on:
Piper Auditorium, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA, USA
‘Art Bogota’, OMR Gallery, Bogota (CO)
24 – 27 October 2014
Solo exhibition with OMR Gallery at Art Bogota, Corferias, Bogota (CO)
For more info: Art Bogota 2014
‘Future Fictions’, Z33, Hasselt (BE)
5 September 2014 – 4 Januari 2015
Group exhibtion Future Fictions
AVL works on display: Food Reaktor (2013), Mondriaan (2012)
Zuivelmarkt 33, Hasselt, Belgium
‘Design Art’, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL)
12 September 2014 – 7 December 2014
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Sport Nouveau (2004)
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Westzeedijk 341, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
‘Happy Industry’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
12 – 14 September 2014
With Peter Rogiers, Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak, Frederik Molenschot, Paul Geelen, IJzerij Paulus, Atelier Van Lieshout, Margriet Kicks-Ass, Bismuth en Mia Andresen
Partners: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Eye, Worm and Karin Post
Museumpark, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
‘Vrijstaat’, Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse (NL)
1 June 2014 – 1 October 2014
Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Vice (2014), Power Hammer (2014), WWI (2012), Hagioscoop (2012), Panta Rhei (2011), Buffel (2011), Woman (2009), Bodyparts (2009), Birthing Woman (2009), Wellness Skull (2007), The Cube (2007), Bikinibar (2006), Skull on Stand (2005), Heart (2004), Penis XL (2003) and others
Keukenhof 1, Lisse, the Netherlands
‘Het Orakel’, De Dam, Amsterdam (NL)
On the 5th of May – Liberation Day – Atelier Van Lieshout will be doing a site specific intervention in the middle of Dam square, Amsterdam.
AVL has designed Het Orakel (The Oracle), a totem-like, two-and a half metre high head, which will be pronouncing SMS messages sent by the public. Everybody can have their opinion pronounced by Het Orakel.
Send an SMS to 2255, start your message with: Orakel , followed by the SMS, and Het Orakel will have the liberty to proclaim your text!
‘Domestication’, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp (BE)
5th December 2013 – 25th January 2014
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Domestication (2013), Kiss (2013), Reclining Figure (2013)
Tim Van Laere Gallery_Yard, Antwerp, Belgium
Verlatstraat 23-25, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Chambres des Canaux: The Tolerant Home’, Amsterdam (NL)
1 November 2013 – 17th November 2013
The works submitted by the artists at Chambres des Canaux: The Tolerant Home will take inspiration from two related themes: the renowned tolerant nature of Amsterdam and also the initial development of the Canal Ring. This period brought about the rapid economic and cultural development of the city, ushering in the Golden Age – a historical period that still sparks imaginations and which laid the foundations for the modern nation we know today.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: The Monument (2010), Pieta (2010)
Amsterdam, various locations within the historic centre
‘Urban Campsite’, Vliegenbos, Amsterdam (NL)
16 August 2013 – 30 September 2013
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Darwin (2008)
Meeuwenlaan 138, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
‘The Butcher’, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR)
6 July 2013 – 31st December 2013
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Blast Furnace (2013), Couple (2011), Exploded View (2009), Friends (2011), Pappamamma Lamp (2013), Horn of Plenty (2008).
La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
41 rue Jobin, Marseille, France
‘Territory’, AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (NL)
8 June 2013 – 29th September 2013
Group exhibition AVL-Mundo, Rotterdam
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Cow (2011), Waterwagon (2007), The Monument (2010), Wellness Skull (2007), Der Kuss (2008), Wall Decoration (2008)
‘Ja Natuurlijk’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (NL)
15 March 2013 – June 2013
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: Sawmill Cheese Maker (2013)
Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
Stadhouderslaan 43, Den Haag
‘Couture Graphique’, MOTI, Breda (NL)
16 February 2013 – 8 August 2013
Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: The Three Graces (2011)
Boschstraat 22, Breda, The Netherlands
‘Furniture III’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris (FR)
19 January – 27 April 2013
Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 54 Rue de la Verrerie, Paris, France
‘Manufactuur & SlaveCity’, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
30 November 2012 – Extended until 1st March 2013
Grimm Gallery, Frans Halsstraat 26/Keizersgracht 82, Amsterdam
‘Agricola Novus’, Dertien Hectare, Heeswijk-Dinter (NL)
12th May – 8th July 2012
dertien hectare, Meerstraat 22, Heeswijk-Dinter
‘Industrie’, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp (BE)
15th March – 5th May 2012
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Verlatstraat 23 – 25, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Tribe’, Distrito 4, Madrid (ES)
9th February – 22th March 2012
Distrito 4, Conde de Aranda, 4, Madrid, Spain
‘De Kannibaal’, Villa Zebra, Rotterdam (NL)
16th December 2011– 17 June 2012
Villa Zebra, Stieltjesstraat 21, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
‘The New Tribal Labyrinth’, Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan (IT)
29th November 2011 – 14th Januari 2012
Gio Marconi, via Tadino 15, Milan, Italy
‘The Space Between Now and Then’, OMR Gallery, Mexico-City (MX)
24th November 2011 – 18th February 2012
Plaza Río de Janeiro 54, Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
‘Infernopolis’, Submarinewharf, Rotterdam (NL)
29 May 2010 – 26th September 2010
This solo exhibition is organized in cooperation with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and The Port of Rotterdam.
Atelier Van Lieshout artworks on display: Bikinibar (2006), Darwin (2008), BarRectum (2005), Penis Small, Medium, XL (2003), Exploded View (2009), Tree (2008), WW III (2010), Cow’s Head (2010), Woman on Bed (2006), Fertility (2008) and many others