Atelier Van Lieshout in the Submarine Wharf

00:06:10 81 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
In 2010, the Submarine Wharf in the Rotterdam harbour area, hosted an exhibition of the sculptures of Atelier van Lieshout. Room-filling artworks and a forest of sculptures were installed in the enormous shed covering almost 5000 m2.
Joep van Lieshout / AVL

Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein) founded his studio, Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) in 1995. Atelier Van Lieshout produces works which straddle art, design and architecture: sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias. What these works have in common are a number of recurring themes, motives and obsessions: systems, power, autarky, life, sex, death.

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Atelier Van Lieshout inaugurated the Submarine Wharf with the spectacular exhibition Infernopolis. In the 5000m2 space Atelier Van Lieshout created a terrifying setting in which medical instruments, vacuum pumps, silos, skulls, skeletons, and giant sperm cells and bodily organs are the main protagonists. Two enormous installations, ‘The Technocrat’ and ‘Cradle to Cradle’, were installed amid a forest of existing and new sculptures.

The exceptionally efficient and ingenious systems developed by Atelier Van Lieshout give a new and repulsive insight into what it really means to be human. Atelier Van Lieshout, established in 1995 by Joep van Lieshout (1963), has achieved international recognition for its handmade polyester sculptures and installations that occupy the middle ground between art, architecture and design.

From 2010 to 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organised four mayor exhibitions in the Submarine Wharf, in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam. They were devoted to Atelier Van Lieshout in 2010, the art duo Elmgreen & Dragset in 2011, Sarkis in 2012 and "XXXL" painters Klaas Kloosterboer (1959), Chris Martin (1954) and Jim Shaw (1952) in 2013.

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