Sculptor Joep van Lieshout was born in 1963 in Ravenstein, The Netherlands. He is the progenitor of AVL-ville, a self-sufficient free-state in the port of Rotterdam named after the studio he founded in 1995. For three decades van Lieshout has produced work that straddles art, design, and architecture; sharing recurring themes of systems, power, life, sex, death, and the human individual amidst the greater whole.
AVL gained international recognition for sculptural installations featuring controversial or sinister nuances. Alongside playful perversion, the work conveys disdain for limitation and longing for freedom. Van Lieshout considers the body to be divine architecture with the viewer invited to interact with manufactured interior spaces resembling internal organs, acting out taboos and wish fulfillment. AVL’s projects traverse clean design and non-functional sculptures doubling as habitats, fusing luxury with anarchic independence from conventional living.
Van Lieshout's works have been included in the Gwangju, Venice, Yokohama, Christchurch, Shanghai and São Paulo biennials. AVL is in part of the permanent collections of public and private institutions such as: FNAC, Paris; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Prada Foundation, Milan; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Folkwang Museum, Essen; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.
/ ‘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.