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Atelier Van Lieshout
Joep van Lieshout (Ravenstein, 1963) studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, the post-academy Ateliers 63 and La Villa Arson in Nice (France). In 1995 he started Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), where a team of around 20 artists work on architecture, design and contemporary art projects. The projects by AVL have won countless art awards. The most striking project may be AVL Ville. In 2001, a self-providing free street was created in the harbour area of Rotterdam, where artists lived, built and produced things together. Joep van Lieshout has been working with polyester since the eighties. It has become his trademark and is used, for example, in the sculpture Biopik.
Infernopolis in the Onderzeebootloods [Submarine shed]
The exhibition Infernopolis deals with themes such as autonomy, self-provision, power and economy. In the Onderzeebootloods [Submarine shed], an enormous shed covering almost 5000 m2 in the harbour of Rotterdam, Atelier Van Lieshout is exhibiting two room-filling artworks and a forest of sculptures. Together, these elements create a chilling setting. Infernopolis - a reference to the inferno (hell) and the metropolis - shows the blurring of the difference between man and machine.
The little dancer by Degas
The French impressionist Edgar Degas (Paris, 1834 - Paris, 1917) was a regular guest at the Paris ballet. There he observed both the dancers and the visitors. The original version of this bronze cast was made in 1922 in coloured wax, had a wig of real hair and a fabric ballet outfit with tutu and shoes. No wonder the critics found the statue repulsive: it seemed almost real. It was exhibited at the sixth Impressionist exhibition in Paris in 1881. The model for the statue was Marie van Goethem, at the time just 14 years old, the daughter of a laundry woman and a tailor. This statue is one of a series that was made long after the death of Degas by the Italian sculptor Albino Palazzolo (1883–1973). The original is in a private American collection.
In this 6th episode of Boijmans TV, artist Joep van Lieshout is interrogated by security guard Arie about his ideas for saving the world. In his work, Van Lieshout puts forward the idea of recycling people. In the meantime, Ab, our technical man, helps the people from Atelier Van Lieshout to erect Infernopolis. This enormous exhibition will be open from 29 May in the former submarine shed on the RDM grounds at Heijplaat in Rotterdam. But you know how it is... Ab has a queasy stomach and in his confusion wants to be back in his familiar building at the Museum park as quickly as possible. After all, nothing is ever thrown away there and a group of elderly Chinese are enjoying a carefree game of football in the quad. After Bregje and her tape-recorder have let them in on some of the secrets of the famous dancing girl by Edgar Degas, the Chinese decide to attempt a dance as well.
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