Dutch Profiles: Atelier van Lieshout

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The work of Joep van Lieshout balances between art and design. Van Lieshout wants his work to be integrated into daily life and not just simply viewed.
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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In the mid nineties Joep van Lieshout rose to fame for his extraordinary Mobile Homes, and has since become one of the most exhibited and provocative artists in the Netherlands. He often uses design to express his artistic ideas.

Joep van Lieshout is fascinated by the functionality of complex systems. One of the systems that keep coming back in his work is the body.

Studio van Lieshout has found its home in the Rotterdam harbour. There Van Lieshout and his twenty employees are ably to realise their artistic projects, which include furniture and sculpture, but also weapons, medicine and money. One of the works getting ready to leave the studio is Funky Bones.

With themes such as survival and self-sufficiency being important to the work of van Lieshout, its not surprising that his wildest dream would be to redesign the human species. In a way that would better suit the future of our planet.

Video credits

Director: Jennifer Pattersson

Camera: Wiro Felix

Sound: Martijn van Haalen

Editing: Jos Driessens

Creative Producer: Geert van de Wetering

Producer: Olivia van Leeuwen

Music Sound Design: Jesse Koolhaas

Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix

Commissioned by DutchDFA


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