Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by sculptor, painter and visionary Joep van Lieshout. After graduating at the Rotterdam Art Academy 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. Van Lieshout dissects systems, be it society as a whole or the human body; he experiments, looks for alternatives, takes exhibitions as experiments for recycling, and has even declared an independent state in the port of Rotterdam AVL-Ville (2001)—a free state in the Rotterdam harbour, with a minimum of rules, a maximum of liberties, and the highest degree of autarky. All of these activities are conducted within Van Lieshout’s signature style of provocation—be it political or material.
Van Lieshout combines an imaginative aesthetic and ethic with a spirit of entrepreneurship; his work has motivated movements in the fields of architecture and ecology, and has been internationally celebrated, exhibited, and published. His works share a number of recurring themes, motives, and obsessions: systems, power, autarky, life, sex, and death—each of these trace the human individual in the face of a greater whole such as his well-known work the Domestikator (2015). This sculpture caused controversy before even being placed at the Louvre in Jardin de Tuilleries, but was adopted by Centre Pompidou where it was shown during FiAC (2017). Van Lieshout’s works have been included in the Gwangju, Venice, Yokohama, Christchurch, Shanghai and São Paulo biennials.
/ ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, arts project for the Rührtriennale, Bochum, Germany.
/ ‘Monument’, public sculpture at Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Gemany.
/ ‘Y Caban’, pavilion for Pontio Art Centre, Bangor University, Bangor, UK.
/ ‘De Stam’, Frederik Hendrikplantsoen, public sculpture, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
/ ‘Vis-a-Vis’, new premises for an open-air theatre, Almere, the Netherlands.
/ ‘Het Orakel’, Dam square, Amsterdam, commission by Amsterdams 4 en 5 mei comite.
/ ‘Vooruit’, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden.
/ ‘La Caravane’, public sculpture, Place Saint-Saveur, Caen, France.
/ ‘De Warande’, information stand, Turnhout, Belgium.
/ ‘Plataforma Choco’, artist-in-residence MasArteMasAcion, Choco, Colombia.
/ ‘Equilibrist’, Emporia Shopping Centre, Malmö, Sweden.
/ ‘Mediville’, doctors practice, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
/ ‘Insect Farm’, insect farm/information stand, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium.
/ ‘Worm’, interior for Cultural Centre, Rotterdam.
/ ‘Stage design for Tannhauser, Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany.
/ ‘Funky Bones’ Artwork in Art and Nature Park, Indianapolis, USA.
/ ‘Lokal Lieshout’, cafe interior at K20, Düsseldorf, Germany.
/ ‘Cascade’, artwork in public space, Rotterdam.
/ ‘Dynamo Hotel Capsule’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France.
/ ‘de Ontknopping’, artwork in public space, Middelburg.
/ Stankowski Award.
/ l’Absence, artwork in public space, Nantes, France.
/ ‘Fisherman’s House’, Dalen.
/ ‘Pink Giant’, Nieuwegein.
/ ‘Gieleskull’, Amsterdam.
/ Kurt Schwitters Award.
/ ‘Wombhouse’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France.
/ Wilhelmina-Ring Sculpture Award.
/ Bar for the Parade, mobile theatre show.
/ Furniture visitor’s room Prison Hoogvliet, Rotterdam.
/ Mart Stam Award.
/ Anjerfonds – Chabot Award.
/ Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung Award.
/ Bolidt Floor Concepts Prize.
/ Mobile Home for the Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo.
/ Bussing Stations, for the cafeteria of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
/ Prix de Rome.
/ Charlotte Köhler Award.
/ D. Linley, C. Cator, H. Chislett, Star Pieces, The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular
Furniture, Thames and Hudson, 2009.
/ J. Allen, A. Betsky, R. Laermans, Atelier Van Lieshout, NAI Publishers, Rotterdam, 2007.
/ Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
/ Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
/ Centraal Museum, Utrecht
/ Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
/ Museum De Paviljoens, Almere
/ Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
/ Noord-Brabants Museum, ‘s Hertogenbosch
/ Museum Kröller Müller, Otterlo
/ The Dutch State, The Hague
/ Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam
/ CAST, Tilburg
/ KPN TPG, The Hague
/ Interpolis, Tilburg
/ Stedelijk Museum, Breda
/ Rabobank Netherlands, Eindhoven
/ Caldic Collection, Rotterdam
/ Van den Broek Foundation, Noordwijk
/ Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden
/ Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar
/ Bouwfonds kunstcollectie, Hoevelaken
/ Centre Pompidou, Paris
/ FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier
/ FRAC Rhône-Alpes, Lyon
/ FRAC des Pays de la Loire
/ FNAC, Paris
/ Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
/ M.A.C., Marseille
/ Fondation 93, Montreuil
/ Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris
/ Museum Folkwang, Essen
/ Ludwig Forum, Aachen
/ K20 K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf
/ Flackenberg collection, Hamburg
/ Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg
/ Sprengel Museum Hannover
/ Collection Marta Herford, Herford
/ Centre of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivara, Turin
/ Prada Foundation, Milan
/ GAM, Turijn
/ MACRO, Rome
/ Z33, Hasselt
/ Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke
/ Katoen Natie, Antwerpen
/ Proximus/Belgacom, Brussels
/ MOMA, New York
/ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
/ Hall collection, Connecticut – IMA, Indianapolis
/ Sammlung EVN, Vienna
/ MAK, Vienna
/ Mumok, Vienna
/ Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
/ The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
/ Museo Würth La Rioja, Agoncillo
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