Art for the City: Atelier Van Lieshout

Galerie Ron Mandos is thrilled to participate in Art Brussels for the sixteenth time, coinciding with the celebration of the gallery’s 25th anniversary. Art Brussels holds a special place in Galerie Ron Mandos’ heart, providing a vital platform to engage with collectors, artists, and long time friends from Belgium. This year, the gallery presents a diverse array of works by artists including Atelier Van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout will unveil a monumental sculpture The Monument Group as part of Art Brussels’Art for the City initiative, expanding the cultural landscape beyond the confines of the fair. The sculpture group is a monument to a future uprising and questions the cultural expression of heroism and its social implications of rulers and those ruled. Challenging the conventional notion of monuments that typically celebrate political and military victories, this sculpture exemplifies Atelier Van Lieshout’s artistic ethos, which revolves around subverting established norms, exploring societal constructs, and provoking critical dialogue on power dynamics and human behavior. Another work by Atelier VanLieshout – the Vulture –can be found in the booth of Galerie Ron Mandos.

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ABOUT Atelier Van Lieshout

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. AVL is in part of the permanent collections of public and private institutions such as: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; Museum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Centre Pompidou, Parijs; Collectie Marta Herford, Herford; Stichting Prada, Milaan; FNAC, Parijs; Ludwig Forum, Aken; Folkwang-museum, Essen; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; MoMA, New York, en het Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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